14 Dec 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on Libya

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Libya, UN inaugurate 3 police training facilities, 1,800-personnel training program
Xinhua, 14 Dec 2018

Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Serraj and UN Special Envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame on Thursday inaugurated three police training facilities in Tripoli and a training program for 1,800 police officers. The three training facilities, the Police College, Police Technical School, and Judicial Police Training Institute, are important for training regular police forces in Libya for the security and rule of law in Libya, the UN Mission in Libya said in a statement.
 

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UNHCR: 114 migrants resettled from Libya to Canada and Norway
Libyan Express, 13 Dec 2018

The United Nation Higher Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR) said on Wednesday that it has helped resettle 114 immigrants from Libya to Norway and Canada in the first week of December. “During the first week of December, 3 flights with 114 Eritrean, Sudanese and Syrian vulnerable refugees left Libya towards Norway and Canada thanks to UNHCR’s resettlement program,” the UNHCR said in a statement. The families heading for Norway have been hosted at a first stage at UNHCR’s Emergency Transit Center in Romania. They will continue their journey to Norway later, the statement said. “The support of the European Union’s Regional Development and Protection Program (RDPP) is crucial to make resettlement happen from Libya and save refugees’ lives,” the UNHCR said.

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Militia leader's bravado shows limits of Libya reforms
Reuters, 13 Dec 2018

The militia were on the back foot after suffering losses to rival factions in the latest convulsion of violence to shake Tripoli; the UN brokered a ceasefire in September, then encouraged the government to start replacing the militia with regular police. Before they got far, Haithem Tajouri, a powerful militia leader who had left the country two months before, returned with a flourish. The head of the Tripoli Revolutionaries Brigade (TRB) toured the city center with his entourage, stopping their vehicles outside banks which unexpectedly extended their opening hours, allowing cash-starved residents to withdraw money.

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Germany pledges 2.5 million euros to stabilization in Libya
Libyan Express, 13 Dec 2018

During a ceremony that took place in Tripoli, His Excellency, the Ambassador of Germany to Libya, Mr. Oliver Owcza, and The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Libya Resident Representative, Mr. Sultan Hajiyev, signed an agreement to increase Germany’s contribution to the Stabilization Facility for Libya (SFL), now Stronger for Libya, by further 2.5 million euros.

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Libya: Council adopts conclusions
European Council, 10 Dec 2018

The Council adopted conclusions on Libya. The Council welcomes the outcome of the Conference for Libya hosted by Italy in Palermo on 12 and 13 November 2018, which followed the Paris Conference held on 29 May 2018. The Council states that the status quo in Libya is a prevalent source of instability and insecurity for the Libyan people, its neighbours, and the entire region. It reiterates that there can only be a political solution to the Libyan crisis, and that this needs to come from the Libyans themselves through an inclusive political process, with full and equal participation and representation of women, and in full respect of international law, including human rights.
 

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