AFRICA/TUNISIA - Tunisia concerned about possible military intervention in Libya

Friday, 4 March 2016 international politics  

Tunis (Agenzia Fides) - “Tunisia is deeply concerned about possible intervention on the part of western powers in Libya” F r. Jawad Alamat, National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Tunisia, said in a conversation with Fides about a possible action in Libya on the part of certain European and Arab countries with the external support of the United States, to stop the advance of Islamic State and facilitate the formation of a national unity government.
“Tunisia is fragile in itself due to its economic and social situation. An outside intervention in Libya could have serious repercussions in Tunisia too” Fr. Jawaad explains. “We have already seen the first disquieting signals. Only yesterday terrorists trying to enter Tunisia from Libya were killed by security forces”-
“So Tunisia, in a fragile situation because of its own instability, has absolutely no wish to see the crisis in Libya precipitate and overflow its borders. This is why, as I understand it, the Tunisian government is against any foreign military intervention in Libya and is pushing instead for political dialogue to end our neighbour’s present crisis” Fr. Jawaad concludes. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 4/3/2016