Libya’s central bank causing ‘civil war’ by paying rival militias, says UK envoy

Libya’s central bank has fuelled the civil war by continuing to pay state salaries to all the country’s myriad warring militias, Britain’s ambassador to Tripoli said on Monday.

Five years on the uprising that overthrew Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, the country is in a state of meltdown thanks to constant in-fighting among its different armed factions – who are all still on the government payroll.

Peter Millett, Britain’s ambassador to Libya, told a Lords hearing on Monday that the number of gunmen had multiplied since the end of the war because of the Libyan central bank’s policy – which began after militiamen threatened the minister of finance at gunpoint.