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Libya: Foundation stone for the construction of the Tajoura stadium

2014/03/03

Libyan newspapers this week highlighted the laying of the foundation stone for the construction of the Tajoura stadium as the country prepares to host the 2017 African Cup of Nations and the second international support conference on Libya scheduled for 6 March in Rome, Italy.

The daily Febrayer (February) quoted the Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan as saying that the commencement of the construction of the stadium was a message to the world that 'our people who have succeeded in the struggle to achieve the revolution will as well win the battle of construction, artistic creativity and sport”.

'The presence of (former German captain) Franz Beckenbauer is a large sign of hope for the people in this appropriate phase of its history...leading to 2017,' Zeidan said, adding that 'Beckenbauer will be an ambassador of love for Libya during the African Cup of Nations.'

Writing on the second international support conference on Libya, the daily Libya al-Akhbarya (Libya Data) said that the event 'moves to mobilise additional support from the international community for Libya during its democratic transition'.

The conference in Rome is as well meant to 'support local governance, the sharing of skills and the follow-up and implementation of recommendations from the initial conference held in Paris, inclunding the initiative of G8 nations regarding the training of the Libyan army and the police'.

For its part, the Libyan independent electronic newspaper Al-Wassat quotes a study by Wolfram Larcher, researcher at the German Institute of International Affairs and Security, as saying that there is no rapid solution to the Libyan problem.

Larcher held that “international activities risk complicating matters in Libya”.

'Each time the crisis aggravates in Libya, western capitals appeal for additional support for Libya', writes the newspaper, quoting the German researcher who asks “how can one support a government that does not exist and the training of an army whose control is from presently on to be determined?'

According to Al-Wassat, Larcher’s proposition is that “the militia be held responsible, their arms and munitions controlled while they are encouraged to cooperate with the authorities”.

But Larcher adds that such type of solution is difficult to pass in an international conference.

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