United State has said it is deeply troubled by reports that a small group of political obstructionists have closed the airspace around Tripoli.
According to the report, this was in a deliberate attempt to prevent the Libyan government of National Accord from arriving in Tripoli.
“We find reprehensible efforts by these individuals to undermine the political process, to derail the establishment of the government of National Accord.
“And to slow the implementation of the Libyan political agreement signed in Skhirat,” John Kirby, spokesperson for the State Department said.
According to him, consistent with the recommendation of the Libyan Political Dialogue, we support the Presidency Council of the Government of National Accord and their move to Tripoli.
“Therefore, we call upon all Libyan public institutions to facilitate a peaceful handover of power, so that Libya’s new leaders can begin the hard work of restoring stability to their country,”he said.
Kirby said that the people of Libya deserved better than “this sort of ham-fisted obstructionism”.
“They deserve a strong, a united government and a chance to see that government succeeds for them and for the region,” he added.
Kirby said the U.S. would continue to consult with the United Nations and with Special Representative Martin Kobler over the issue of supporting the Presidency Council’s move to Tripoli.
Last week, the Head of the Libyan National Coalition Government, Khalifa Ghwell, declared a state of extreme emergency in Tripoli and all regions of the country it controls.
The move indicates that it will oppose the establishment in the capital of the national unity government, formed from the deal signed in the Moroccan city of Skhirat concluded under the aegis of the UN.
He said that the council of ministers was in permanent session and ordered the ministry of Defence, the general intelligence management and the Brigades of Revolutionaries to take strict security measures and intensify patrols and tighten controls.
Witnesses said that the military tanks belonging to armed groups have been deployed in the zones of Dharhra and Zaouiet Dahmani, in the centre of the capital Tripoli.
The measures are in reaction to the announcement of the arrival in the capital of several members of the presidential council of the national unity government. (PANA/NAN)