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Algeria's President Says Capable of Bringing Peace to Libya

Algeria's President Says Capable of Bringing Peace to Libya

Friday, 21 February, 2020 - 08:00
FILE PHOTO: Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune arrives for the opening of the 33rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and the Government of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, February 9, 2020. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
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Algeria's President Abdelmadjid Tebboune said his country is capable of quickly bringing peace to Libya if he receives a mandate by the UN Security Council.


In an interview with French newspaper Le Figaro, Tebboune confirmed that Algeria is ready to act as a mediator in any Libya ceasefire talks.


"If we are given a mandate by the UN Security Council, we are capable of quickly bringing peace to Libya since Algeria is a sincere and credible mediator, and one that is accepted by all Libyan tribes,” he said.


"Proxy wars, mercenaries' recruitment and sales of arms should all end. Algeria provides Libyans with food and medicine, not with weapons so they kill one another," he noted.


Tebboune also warned from what he described as the "new Somalia" scenario which would definitely affect the stability and security of European countries and the Mediterranean basin if the Libyan crisis continues for another year or a year and a half.


“It is in Libya's favor today that its major tribes did not arm-up. They are all ready to come to Algeria to form a joint future."


He added: "We are the only ones who offered serious solutions and we ask nothing in return. However, they do not want us to do that, even though Algeria has no intentions to dominate or target the fortunes of its brotherly country which opened its doors for us during times of war."


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