Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Blackwater founder denies accusations of aiding Haftar … UN investigation findings ‘wrong’


World – Libya

In an interview with the newspaper, Prince described the results of the United Nations investigation as “completely wrong.” Prince and his lawyers said they had not seen the UN report, or many of the specific allegations contained in it, which include dozens of pages, contracts, bank transfers, text messages and other evidence..

Prince stressed the denial of the charges, saying: “Eric Prince has not violated any arms embargo, and has nothing to do with sending aircraft, drones, weapons or mercenaries to Libya.”“.

The annual United Nations report was submitted, last Thursday, to the Libya Sanctions Committee at the Security Council, and is scheduled to be unveiled next month, but several newspapers and news agencies published excerpts from it..

United Nations observers wrote in the report that they “concluded that Eric Prince proposed the operation to Khalifa Haftar in Cairo, Egypt, on April 14, 2019 or so.”

At that time, Haftar was in Cairo to meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.

Haftar, who is the commander of the so-called “Libyan National Army”, launched a military attack on Tripoli in April 2019, in an attempt to topple the internationally recognized government..

The report described Prince’s proposal as a “well-funded private military company operation” with the aim of providing Haftar with armed attack helicopters, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft, maritime interdiction operations, and drones, and with electronic, intelligence and targeting capabilities.“.

Prince, who came under international scrutiny after his contractors with Blackwater killed 17 Iraqi civilians in 2007, was a prominent supporter of former US President Donald Trump in recent years. His sister is Betsy DeVos, Trump’s education minister.

Speaking on the phone to the “New York Times”, Prince downplayed his links with the former president, saying that he had met Trump once as president, on the occasion of Veterans Day, and did not discuss the situation in Libya or any other political issue with him..

“I was not an advisor to the president on foreign policy,” he added, apparently referring to articles that talked about it, “so they stop describing me in this way. This is not true.”

Day after day, foreign interventions by America are exposed in Libya, where private military companies crossing borders, including the American “Blackwater”, exploit security crises in countries of the world in exchange for billions of dollars paid to them and mercenaries recruited from all over the world to participate in useless wars like Libya, and this It reveals the increasing American interference in the affairs of the countries of the region, including Libya.

The notorious company is involved in killing Iraqi civilians, and four of its members were sentenced to life imprisonment and 30 years in prison for killing 14 Iraqi civilians, including two children, in 2007 in Baghdad. But on December 22, former US President Donald Trump pardoned four Blackwater members, much to the anger of Iraqis.



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