Lawmaker From Merkel’s Party Calls for German Intervention in Libya

The war-torn African country, devastated by a 2011 revolution and turned into smugglers’ heaven, has been split between two governments. The situation escalated last week when the head of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, ordered an offensive to retake Tripoli from the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA).

 

The vice chair of the CDU group in the German Parliament, Johann Wadephul, has called to launch a mission by the country’s armed forces in Libya. The lawmaker has told AFP that Germany and Europe are interested in ending the conflict in the North African country, where a “smuggling system” has developed, bringing in illegal immigrants to Europe. According to him, German military intervention in the conflict is currently hypothetical, but if no political solution is found, the world community must “show the willingness to act more clearly” with the support of Germany.

“I believe that the SPD is also interested in ending this humanitarian catastrophe”, he noted, hoping that the CDU/CSU coalition partners would support the move.

Wadephul expressed optimism that even the Social Democrats would support a mission, requiring a “robust mandate” for the Bundeswehr, meaning that soldiers should not use their weapons only for self-defence. The CDU politician stressed that Berlin must prove its commitment to taking on more international responsibility with actions rather than statements.

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