Libyan Interior Minister Fawzi Abdel A’al said that “there are many rebels in camps which are harboring illegal immigrants. So far, these rebels have refused to hand these camps over to us.'' He added that ''all attempts to negotiate with the rebels have failed, and there is no room for further negotiation."
Two days ago (April 24, 2012), minister Abdel A’al threatened to deploy the Libyan army if the rebels refused to evacuate the camps voluntarily. He said that this issue "is now before the Libyans, so that they may have their say. They have a role to suggest how the ministry of interior should deal with these rebels, especially since they are part of heavily-armed battalions.”
However, Deputy Interior Minister Omar al-Khadrawi said that 70,000 Libyan rebels have joined the police, and that yesterday, April 25, Jordan started training 10,000 Libyan army servicemen.
Yesterday, Mohammad Sayeh, a member of the National Transitional Council (NTC), denied claims that the new law for political parties targets religious groups and tribes, saying that it sets the stage for the ideal political system. Fathi Baja, a member of the council's legal committee, said that ''the law targets Islamist militants whose politics exclude others.” His colleague in the committee, Mustafa Landi, said, "the new law does not target moderate Islamists."
The NTC’s new law, the first of its kind since 1964, bans groups based on "religious, regional or tribal" platforms.
Yesterday, NTC member Mohammad Sayeh told Al-Arabiya that ''the new law is intended to help create a political-party movement that stresses Libyan national unity, and to support the country’s transition from tribalism to a contemporary, national and unified state where people of all classes and colors live in harmony.”
In a related development, Tunisia called on Libyan to intensify joint surveillance of the land border between the two countries in order to prevent illegal activities, especially arms smuggling. The Tunisian News Agency said that Tunisian Defense Minister Abdul-Karim al-Zubaidi held talks two days ago in Tunisia with Libyan Army Chief of Staff Yousef Mangoush, where al-Zubaidi stressed ''the need to intensify border control between Tunisia and Libya to prevent illegal activities."
The Tunisian minister called for further coordination between the two countries in monitoring their 500-kilometer joint border, saying that ''the fragility of the border-security situation between the two countries requires solutions and mechanisms that address cross-border crimes, such as the proliferation and smuggling of arms, to ensure security and stability between the two brotherly countries and the Maghreb region in general."