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Libya pledges to help US catch American officials’ killers

September 13, 2012 by  
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The United States and Libya agreed to cooperate to find out who was responsible for the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi in which the ambassador to the North African state and three other Americans died.

President Barack Obama and Libyan President Mohamed Magarief spoke on Wednesday evening and decided “to work closely over the course of this investigation,” the White House said in a statement.


Magarief “expressed appreciation for the cooperation we have received from the Libyan government and people in responding to this outrageous attack, and said that the Libyan government must continue to work with us to assure the security of our personnel going forward,” the White House statement said.

“The President made it clear that we must work together to do whatever is necessary to identify the perpetrators of this attack and bring them to justice,” it added

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Libyan tribal leaders declare semi-autonomous eastern state

March 6, 2012 by  
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Libyan tribal leaders have unilaterally declared nearly half of the oil-rich east of the country to be semi-autonomous in a move that opponents fear is the first step towards a carve-up of Libya six months after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.

Thousands of tribal representatives, militia commanders and politicians told a conference in Benghazi that the new state, known as Barqa, would have its own parliament, police force and courts to run its own affairs and place its capital in Benghazi.

Under their plan, foreign policy, the national army and oil resources would be left to a central, federal government in Tripoli. Barqa would cover nearly half the country, from central Libya to the Egyptian border in the east and down to the borders with Chad and Sudan in the south.

Libya’s National Transitional Council, the interim central government based in Tripoli, has repeatedly voiced its opposition to the creation of a partly autonomous eastern region, warning it could eventually lead to the breakup of the North African nation of 6 million people.

“This is very dangerous. This is a blatant call for fragmentation. We reject it in its entirety,” said Fathi Baja, the head of political committee of the NTC. “We are against divisions and against any move that hurts the unity of the Libyan people.”

The declaration underscored the weakness of the NTC, which has been largely unable to establish its authority around the country since the fall of Gaddafi in August and his death in October.

In fact, the NTC holds little sway even in Tripoli, where militias that arose during the anti-Gaddafi revolt have divided districts into fiefdoms.

The prime minister of the interim government created by the NTC, Abdel-Rahim al-Keeb, admitted on Monday that the government was not performing satisfactorily. “The government is not doing its job. My evaluation of its performance is not good,” he said in an interview on state TV. “The steps we are taking are slow.”

The NTC has called for national elections in June to select a 200-member assembly that will name a prime minister to form a new government and write a constitution.

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