The President of Algeria, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, has warned of the serious repercussions of the security situation in Libya on all countries in the region and the Mediterranean, and of the danger of repeating the Syrian and Somali experience in North Africa.
“All the solutions that have been offered to the Libyan crisis in the past nine years after the collapse of the country and its institutions have been fragmented,” said Abdelmadjid Tebboune.
“Libya is the body where cancer has spread and is being treated with sedatives,” he added during an unannounced visit to the Defence Ministry on Saturday, which published its speech on Wednesday.
The Algerian president stated that the threats still exist, and continued: “We talked about them openly at the Berlin Conference, that if there is no popular consensus on a solution in Libya, the region is heading for a disaster similar to that of Syria.”
He pointed out that the conflict being fought out in Libya is one between the world’s major powers, and that it is the same forces that are fighting in Syria.
“Any slip between Libyans and between Libyan tribes could turn Libya into a new Somalia at the gates of the Mediterranean.”
Tebboune stressed the need to quickly extinguish the fire in Libya and stop the bleeding through legislative elections in which all the Libyan people participate.
Libya, once the most prosperous nation on the African continent, has been ravaged by war and terrorism ever since a NATO invasion destroyed the Jamahiriya government in 2011.