Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

DEBATE

Gaza: How to Stop the Spiral? Israel Readies For Ground Offensive

Read more

FOCUS

Ireland's missing babies casting light on a dark history...

Read more

WEB NEWS

World Cup 2014: Germany-Brazil inspires the Web

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Boutros-Ghali: 'I wanted to reform the UN'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

57 000 little problems

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

The Sarkozy 'threat'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Budget challenge for India's new government

Read more

DEBATE

Africa's Newest Failed State: How to Stop Civil War and Famine in South Sudan? (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Africa's Newest Failed State: How to Stop Civil War and Famine in South Sudan?

Read more

  • French companies will have to accept anonymous CVs

    Read more

  • Germany asks US intelligence station chief to leave country

    Read more

  • Death toll rises in Gaza as militants target Israeli cities

    Read more

  • Senegalese man awarded French visa in gay marriage debate

    Read more

  • Tour de France passes WWI Chemin des Dames battlefield

    Read more

  • Video: Muslims in China confront obstacles to Ramadan fasting

    Read more

  • Israel steps up airstrikes as diplomacy gets under way

    Read more

  • Argentina beat Netherlands on penalties to reach World Cup final

    Read more

  • Foiled French jihadist ‘targeted Louvre and Eiffel Tower’

    Read more

  • Obama in Texas to urge congressional action on child migrant crisis

    Read more

  • Iraq’s heritage 'in danger' from ISIS militants

    Read more

  • Froome crashes out of Tour de France

    Read more

  • South Sudan independence heroes ‘have lost their way’

    Read more

  • 100 years on, the Tour de France returns to the Western Front

    Read more

  • Dozens of blindfolded bodies found south of Baghdad

    Read more

Africa

France ponders increasing Libya aid to fight terrorism

© AFP

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2013-11-14

France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius announced on Thursday that the government was considering giving Libya more aid to fight against terrorism in the country.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Thursday France was considering giving Libya more aid in counter-terrorism, including training more police.

Two years after a NATO-backed revolt ousted Muammar Gaddafi, Libya’s government is struggling to control rival militias and al Qaeda-linked Islamist militants who are using lawless southern Libya as a base.

Fabius said the French military presence in Libya’s neighbour Mali was needed to help the region. Militants have threatened to attack French interests since Paris sent troops into the country this year.

France has already agreed to train 1,000 Libyan police in counter-terrorism and plans to train another 1,500, Fabius said on the sidelines of a regional border security conference in the Moroccan capital Rabat.

He told Reuters France was considering an “important” amount of further aid and training for Libya but would not give details of how much.

“Unfortunately, terrorism is increasing in the Maghreb and the Sahel regions. Obviously, those countries are the first to be concerned, but we are too,” Fabius said.

“Our action in Mali was so spectacular, but we need to continue to be there for the Malians, the Libyans and the whole region. It is too important for us.”

The Rabat conference aims to create a regional unit to exchange intelligence information and warnings about threats.

The secretariat of the unit is to be formed in a meeting in Libya in the next two months. The summit participants also plan to create a centre in Rabat where officers from countries in the region can be trained in border surveillance.

Since the French intervention in Mali, southern Libya’s vast deserts have become a haven for al Qaeda fighters who fled across Mali’s border from French forces.

A French priest was kidnapped in northern Cameroon on Wednesday, the French Foreign Ministry said. No group claimed responsibility but French citizens have been seen as targets since the Mali operation.

Threats to France

Islamist militants tied to veteran Algerian fighter Mokhtar Belmokhtar in January launched an attack on Algeria’s Amenas gas plant from outposts in Libya. Nearly 40 foreign contractors were killed in that attack.

Belmokhtar’s fighters have since joined forces with the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa or MUJWA, which was scattered this year by the French offensive in Mali.

The Algerian claimed his fighters carried out an attack on a French mine in Niger in May and has threatened to attack more French assets.

Libya’s neighbour Tunisia also says Tunisian militants have taken advantage of Libya’s chaos to get training and arms. A suicide bomber blew himself up at a Tunisian beach resort last month in the first such attack for a decade.

NATO is to advise Libya on strengthening its security forces and countering militias, amid fears of a slide into anarchy.

“In the south there are many terrorist groups such as al Qaeda, Ansar al-Sharia and others,” Libya’s Foreign Minister Mohammed Abdelaziz told reporters.

“We are trying to build an intelligence service and exchange information with our partners to help us to take control.”

(REUTERS)

Date created : 2013-11-14

  • LIBYA

    Deadly fighting erupts in Libyan capital

    Read more

  • LIBYA

    Libyan PM says abduction was 'coup' attempt

    Read more

  • LIBYA

    Libyan PM’s abduction raises disturbing questions

    Read more

Comments

COMMENT(S)