By Libya Herald staff.
Tripoli, 7 April 2015:
The Libyan National Army’s “relentless push towards Tripoli”, in spite of ceasefire agreements and movement . . .[restrict]in the UNSMIL dialogue , shows that they are the aggressors, said Gharian mayor Yousif Budeiri.
Budeiri called the LNA “counter-revolutionaries” and “an army of tribes”. He singled out Zintan, in a speech in which he called on the UN to investigate the LNA attacks in the Jebel Nafusa, Benghazi and Zawia. He also called the LNA “a bunch of criminals fleeing from justice”. The armed forces under General Khalifa Hafter’s control say they are fighting terrorism, said Budeiri, but in fact they are fighting all forms of freedom and democracy.
The mayor said that he had sent messages to participants in the UNSMIL-sponsored dialogue pointing out to them that these attacks, like the air strikes on Gharian over the weekend, are in contravention of the UNSMIL process. He said that they broke agreements made in Morocco, Brussels and a meeting between the Jebel Nafusa towns that was held in Djerba, Tunisia. It is hard to honour a ceasefire agreement, said Budeiri, when the town is being repeatedly attacked.
Budeiri also criticised the press and media, saying that many were inciting violence with their posts and publications.