Egypt refuses officially Eastern Libya’s semiautonomous state and is standing by one united LibyaEgypt’s minister of foreign affair Mohamed Amr stated this very important statement last night on Nile News channel as a comment on the declaration of Cyrenaica or Berqa as we know it in Arabic and in Egypt the semiautonomous state from its side.
We are not here about a town that announcing its state , we are speaking about East Libya , which is our West in Egypt
From historical point of view Cyrenaica is the stronghold of the Senussi house and in 1949 the British convinced Idris Senussi to declare the principality of Cyrenaica. In 1951 Idris Senussi became the king of Libya that had become a federal monarchy till 1969
This is why Libyans in the West believe that Ahmed El Senussi is dreaming of becoming the new ruler of Libya and thus he is following the same steps of his relative. I wonder who convinced the Senussis this time !!? Ironically enough Ahmed El Senussi is among the the representative of the Arab spring who got the Sakharov prize for freedom of thought. “This is not good for dear Asmaa Mahfouz”
Libyans fear that the old map of Libya till 1951 will be their new map : 3 states of Cyrenaica , Fezzan and Tripolitania
|The old map of Libya|
|Libya's population and energy production|
“Our martyrs did not die so Libya would be divided” a frequent comment I found in the past 3 days. Some activists are calling protests through out the country against the federation. Indeed there were protests in several towns in Libya including Tripoli itself.
Here is a video for a protest on March 5th in Tripoli.
Tobruk , which is part of Cyrenaica refuses the federation and its civil society organizations issued statement where they declare their refusal to the Benghazi federation declaration.
Here is a protest in Benghazi from last Sunday , it seems to me that it was the Libyan army and Navy protest against federation.
|Senussi in Qaddafi's suit|
Of course the saddest thing I have read is how the Libyans will think that Qaddafi was right when he warned them that their country will be divided after him.Ahmed Senussi has become the most hated man after Qaddafi among revolutionary class in Libya.
Of course with all the jazz taking place in Egypt this news is seemed to be irreverent.
The Libyan chief of Staff Major General Youssef Mangoush has visited Cairo from few hours ago and met with head of SCAF Field Marshal Tantawy and discussed how the Egyptian army can help the new Libyan army especially with the new challenges the new Libyan army. This is the first visit from its kind when it comes to military officers with high ranks in Libya post revolution.
The Libyan army is facing a very important challenge I think the Egyptian army or any other army will help them to solve it peacefully : The armed militias. Armed militias from former Freedom fighters and tribal fighters as well Qaddafi fighters are roaming the country and are refusing to enroll in the Libyan army.
You got either two solutions : To fight them which means a civil war or To make them understand the meaning of one nation and having a professional army. Unfortunately I do not how Libyans can achieve the second option without a strong democratic leadership that can bring together all tribes.
What is happening in Libya will be used in the worst way to scare people from change in the Arab world including Egypt and Syria. Those who are against the revolution in Egypt and claim that there are plans to divide the country in to 3 or 4 parts got now a golden opportunity that will fit in to their scenario.
I do not need to speak about Syria and El Assad regime.
I found today tweeps attacking the minister of foreign affairs Mohamed Amr’s statement claiming that Egypt has no right to interfere in the Libyan affairs !!!! Oh yes they did !! Of course these will later blame and curse SCAF and Mohamed Amr if Libya becomes 4 pieces Libya by the end of the year.
I will not even waste my time or your time writing about the concept of the national security and what it means. I would like to remind those tweeps that when Southern Sudan chose independence from Sudan , they cursed Mubarak and said it was his fault !!!!!!!