REP LIEU LEADS BIPARTISAN FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE LETTER TO POMPEO ON LIBYA CONFLICT
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) and 12 members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee sent a bipartisan letter to Secretary Pompeo requesting clarification over U.S. policy in Libya. A generic read-out of President Trump’s phone call with Khalifa Haftar on April 15 has led to perceived uncertainty regarding the U.S. position. Libyan armed actors are now using that confusion over U.S. policy as justification to continue the conflict, further jeopardizing prospects for a political settlement and threatening regional stability. The letter asks Secretary Pompeo to address confusion over U.S. policy in Libya by clearly rejecting the military offensive and bolstering the UN-led peace process.
In the letter, the Members write to Secretary Pompeo:
“As members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, we write to express our concerns regarding the conflict in Libya. We are alarmed by the ongoing military offensive in Tripoli by Khalifa Haftar and his Libyan National Army (LNA), the immediate threats to civilians, and the likelihood of a protracted conflict that will further destabilize the region. At this critical moment in the conflict, we urge the administration to address confusion over U.S. policy in Libya by clearly rejecting the military offensive and bolstering the UN-led peace process …
We therefore request that you publicly clarify that the U.S. opposes a military solution in Libya and that the U.S. condemns all actors undermining stability and perpetuating violence. We further urge you to call for a ceasefire and work with international partners to ensure its implementation, publicly reaffirm support for the U.N.-led peace talks, and exert U.S. diplomatic pressure to encourage a return to negotiations. The U.S. must exercise leadership to prevent further deterioration.”