France is partly to blame for the crisis in Libya, Italy’s Defence Minister Elisabetta Trenta said on Monday, ruling out Italian military intervention there.
She said on social media that when France pushed for military intervention in 2011 against Libya’s then-leader Muammar Gaddafi they put their own interests ahead of those of the Libyan people
“Many journalists in these hours are calling to ask me about Libya. I believe that we must all work in the same direction, that is to say for the cessation of hostilities and, therefore, to begin as soon as possible a peace process of which libyans first are protagonists.” the minister wrote on Facebook
“Of course, it is undeniable that today the country is in this situation because someone, in 2011, put its interests to those of libyans and Europe itself. President Fico is right: France has its responsibilities in this respect!”
“But I repeat, now we must all row together for the good and peace of the Libyan people.
Someone talks about military intervention in response to the clashes that are taking place. I do not consider this matter at all. It is up to the libyans to protect themselves and to find a deal.
Our task at this stage must be to facilitate dialogue, and also to strengthen it through strengthening state bodies.”
We learn from history, always!
An international coalition, led by the United States and Nato, intervened in Libya on the basis of a UN mandate to protect civilians.
Italy allowed Nato forces use its airbases, but the prime minister of the day, Silvio Berlusconi, said he opposed the operation.
The Italian press on Monday suggested that special Italian forces could be sent to intervene in Libya, a possibility which Trenta ruled out.
Fighting has been raging between rival militias in the southern suburbs of the Libyan capital Tripoli in recent days, following a failed ceasefire.
The Libyan capital has been at the centre of a battle for influence between armed groups since the ouster and killing of dictator Kadhafi in 2011.