The United Nations said on Monday that the authorization of the Egyptian parliament, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, to send forces outside the border in a western direction (probably Libya), “is a source of great concern.”
During a secret session, Parliament authorized Sisi to “maintain national security” and to send forces outside the borders to “defend national security in the western strategic direction, against the actions of armed criminal militias and foreign terrorist elements”, according to the official news agency (ACP). .
In response to reporters’ questions about this mandate, the spokesman for the United Nations Secretary-General, Stephen Dujarric, during a press conference, said: “We are following closely what is happening … These developments are a source of great concern.”
Egypt and other Arab and Western Arab countries support the militia of retired General Khalifa Khalaf, who is fighting the internationally recognized Libyan government over the legitimacy and authority of the oil-rich country.
He added: “I think there is a worrying crowd of forces around Sirte, which in itself puts the lives of civilians at risk, I mean more than 125,000 civilians.”
The Libyan army is preparing to liberate the city of Sirte (450 km east of the capital Tripoli) from the Haftar militia, after it was able to purge almost the entire western region of this militia and mercenaries fighting alongside it.
“So, Stephen Williams (Acting Secretary-General’s envoy to Libya) continued her diplomatic work, and yesterday she met Algerian President Abdel Majid Taboun, and other officials in Algiers, to discuss the situation,” Dujarric added.
He added: “Algeria is making positive efforts to urge the Libyan parties to end the violence and resume the political process under the auspices of the United Nations.”
He stressed that “there is no military solution to the crisis in Libya. There must be an immediate ceasefire within the framework of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya.”
He added: “Whether the Egyptian authorities or any other country has an influence on the parties in Libya, I think they all know our position … and Stephen Williams is in constant contact with all relevant parties to make sure they understand our point of view, which is that there is no military solution.” .
On whether the United Nations was in contact with Cairo, Dujarric said: “Contacts have been made with the Egyptian authorities. We continue to urge countries to help Libyans agree to a permanent ceasefire, rather than adding kerosene to the fire.”
In a televised address to leaders and military soldiers in a region adjacent to the border with Libya on June 20, Al-Sisi alluded to the possibility of the Egyptian army carrying out “external military missions if required,” saying that “any direct intervention in Libya has become international legality.” .
It also comes on the eve of an African mini-summit on the issue of the Ethiopian “Renaissance” Dam, in light of the stalled negotiations on the dam, which Egypt fears will negatively affect the flow of its annual share of the Nile River water.