World Arab League, UN, EU and AU demand foreign forces leave Libya
a "green paradise" tries to introduce hydroponic agriculture into Libya
under a metal structure covered with a yellow tarpaulin, Siraj Bechiya and his partner inspect each morning their lettuces grown above ground according to the technique of hydroponics , an innovation in Libya where conventional agriculture is struggling to meet the demand.
The Arab League, United Nations, European Union and the African Union on Tuesday demanded an immediate withdrawal of all foreign forces from Libya.
In a statement after a videoconference by its leaders, the so-called "Libya Quartet" demanded "full compliance with the arms embargo and the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all foreign forces and mercenaries from the entirety of Libya's territory."
Greece calls for foreign forces to quit Libya
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias called Monday for the pullout of foreign forces from Libya, during a visit to the eastern city of Benghazi. European Union members have been quick to boost ties with Libya since a new government took office last month seeking to end decades of chaos in the country. Oil-rich Libya has been torn by conflict since the toppling of dictator Moamer Kadhafi in a 2011 NATO-backed revolt, with rival forces backed by foreign players vying for power.Interim Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, tasked with steering Libya to elections in December, has demanded the departure of an estimated 20,000 mercenaries and foreign fighters from his country.
The much-violated arms embargo has been in place since 2011, when an uprising toppled longtime Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi during the regional upheaval known as the Arab Spring.
The UN estimates that some 20,000 foreign fighters, mainly troops from Turkey and mercenaries from Russia, Syria, Chad and Sudan, are currently deployed in the country.
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In recent weeks, the possible departure of Syrian mercenaries has been raised and, this weekend, N'Djamena mentioned the arrival in Chad from Libya of several hundred Chadian mercenaries who may have contributed to the fighting that led to the death of President Idriss Deby.
During its meeting, the Libya Quartet "condemned the continued violations of the UN arms embargo and emphasized that all external military intervention in Libya is unacceptable."
It also called for "the sustained implementation of measures to fully identify and dismantle these groups."
Rejected Afghan interpreters 'facing death' after UK exit .
Campaigners say many interpreters fired for trivial reasons are being unfairly barred from the UK.Now in his early 30s, he is one of hundreds of Afghans who worked with British forces as interpreters and support staff, and who may now be targeted by the militants as a result. They fear the risk will only increase when foreign forces pull out this year.