Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar - File photo
CAIRO – 14October 2017: The Libyan commander-in-chief, Khalifa Haftar, held the first security conference by the Libyan armed forces in Benghazi on Saturday. “The armed forces currently have full control over 1.7 million square kilometers,” Haftar announced.
That includes the area between Zawara, a port city in northwestern Libya, and the borders of the Zawia, a northwestern city situated on the Libyan coastline of the Mediterranean Sea.
Haftar stated that only 300,000 square kilometers are out of the army’s control, adding that the country is experiencing a fierce conflict between “life advocates and death advocates, the light and the dark, development and backwardness, humanity and its enemies.”
Haftar said that the current stage in Libya gives the highest priority to establishing security, and the role of security and military institutions surpasses the role of all other institutions within the framework of the law and human rights.
“We achieved victory over terrorism due to God's support, and the willpower of our combat forces,” Haftar said.
Haftar stressed that the most prominent phenomenon threatening Libya’s security and stability for now is the widespread use of firearms and the militant groups stating that the citizens’ security is part of the war on terror.
The Libyan commander-in-chief demanded a further understanding of the security threat challenging the country, saying that a lack of security would weaken the citizens’ willpower, propagate fragmentation, and incur the loss of all sacrifices made by the Libyan army and people.
Haftar said that the Libyan military institution is developing its security policy and renovating its mechanisms to achieve victory in the security battle. “Victory in the security battle is our only option. The reestablishment of various forms of security is the basis for the aspired development and restoration of certain sectors by the people,” Haftar stipulated.
Haftar pledged to not tolerate those who compromise Libya’s security saying, “No immunity for anyone who targets our people’s security. No escape for such people from our grip, justice, and law.”
Haftar concluded by emphasizing the importance of dialogue to resolve the ongoing political crisis, and to reach alternatives backed by the Libyan people.