By Sami Zaptia.
Tripoli, 9 March 2014:
At yesterday’s press conference, Prime Minister Ali Zeidan expressed his general approval of . . .[restrict]the Egyptian initiative at the Rome Conference to collect Libyan arms.
Speaking at yesterday’s press conference Zeidan said that he supported the initiative which sought to create an international fund which would be used to buy back arms within Libya. The arms would subsequently be destroyed.
Zeidan said that it was “a good idea”, as long as processes were put in place to implement the policy. He felt that this initiative should be for heavy arms and not light arms. If an attempt was made to collect light arms, he said, it would only make Libya a magnet for light arms.
The Prime Minister added that he hoped the initiative would be implemented under the UN with a clear role for Libya in the process.
People must be assured that the arms would be collected and destroyed from all sides, he explained.