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British Ambassador Mr. Peter Millett has done an Interview with International France Radio, in which he spoke about the recent events in Sirte, and the importance of creating and supporting the Government of National Accord to put in place an overall plan to fight DAESH in Libya.
Below is a the full text of the interview:
Ambassador: What is happening is Sirte underlines the importance of all the Libyans getting behind this effort, and what happened to 30 of my compatriots in the beaches of souse and people from other nationalities also. This reinforces the urgency to deal with the lack of stability in Libya and the fact that it is becoming a breeding ground for extremists terrorists organizations like DAESH.
Interviewer: Do you understand why the Government in Tobrok would call for airstrikes by its allies in the Arab League?
Ambassador: Yes, I can see the logic of that. After all, countries of the Arab League and other countries are taking actions against ISIL in Iraq and Syria, no other country has done this so far in Libya. But I think the emphasis on getting a Government of National Accord, will give us the opportunity to work with the Libyan authorities to try and tackle this terrible barbaric organizations in Libya.
Interviewer: Would you say that air strikes by the Arab League are welcome?
Ambassador: I think any action against DAESH needs to have an overall all plan. Isolated airstrikes are not going to tackle the organization effectively. We need a global plan to tackle this organization, which involves first and foremost the the Libyans themselves, but also the countries of the region and other countries who are threatened by this organisation, and that means European countries as well. But we need to put together an overall plan to deal with it which no doubt could involve airstrikes.
Interviewer: Would you agree with the Italian Foreign Minister Paulo Gentiloni when he says that Libya could be another failed state like Somalia?
Ambassador: Certainly, the possibility of that happening with the range of terrorist organizations, of different militias, different political bodies as well. Obviously, Libya is different. but I think the risk of a failed state is the reason why putting all our effort into reaching a political solution and that political solution needs to be backed up with significant offers of assistance to re-establish stability and security and then help that Government of National Accord to begin provide better services for the public.
Interviewer: Why has it been so difficult for militias in Libya to get rid of DEASH in Derna and Sirte?

Ambassador: Part of the reason for that is the horrific tactics that DAESH use. We seen it in Syria and Iraq, that ordinary fighting people are not really prepared to take on an organization which adopt such terrible and barbaric tactics. But I think also there hasn’t been an over plan to dealing with DAESH in Libya, as we tried to develop in Syria and Iraq. And I think That is why once we have the Government of National Accord we can begin to work with that Government to put together such a plan.

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