Libya to get US, European help to stabilize, Italy's Letta says
The United States and Europe are working on a plan to help Libya end the instability of the post-Gaddafi era, Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta said Tuesday, dpa reported.
Libyan authorities have struggled to bring militias under control and re-establish law and order following the NATO-backed ouster of former leader Moamer Gaddafi, who was captured and killed in October 2011.
"Libya is a great worry for us," Letta said after meeting Libyan premier Ali Zeidan on the sidelines of a Group of 8 (G8) summit, along with US President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande.
In its communique, the G8 called on the international community to support Tripoli's "efforts to increase the effectiveness and capacity of its security and justice sector institutions, to complete a successful transition to democracy" and develop its economy.
Letta said the US and European partners were discussing a three-point strategy, consisting of: training for Libyan armed forces, both within and outside its borders; support for institution-building; and a scheme to decommission militia-held weapons.
"In Libya there are many weapons, and let's say that the government is not the one that owns the most," Letta said, adding that the strategy will be finalized on July 4, when Zeidan will lead an official visit to Rome.
Asked whether Italy will lead international efforts to support Libya, Letta said that Rome, a former colonial power in the North African country, had been asked by partners to play "a leading role" and did not intend to "back out".