Once so prosperous, the State of Libya, a country in the Maghreb region in North Africa today lie in ruins with an end to hostilities so far away. It is no hidden truth the fierce affection for the AU and African liberation from the late leader Muammar Gaddafi who was unfortunately assassinated in October 20, 2011.
For years Colonel Gaddafi stood for Africa against all odds, he chose the AU over the UN, the AU over the Arab League and so on, anytime he had to make a choice of one over the other.
His firm resolve to see Africa industrialized and self reliant was a passionate venture. Unfortunately for this reason and others that created enemies for him home and predominantly abroad, his demise led to a down trend of Libya with chaos raging on till today.
As it is seen on the international front, Turkey and Russia have become the main power brokers in Libya’s conflict, with Ankara backing the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), Russia is on the side of Gen. Khalifa Haftar’s eastern-based forces, which also enjoy support from France, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Does the rich Libyan oil reserves play out here? It is obvious. Morocco is however seen as a loner offering constructive efforts to resolve the Libyan conflict.
Now the big question is, will the AU try to help out as the late Gaddafi did for it some years ago?
Eric Osei, DNT Ankara, Turkey