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GNA calls for transforming UN political mission into “a mission for supporting security”

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – Libya wants the UN’s political mission in the country to become “a mission to support security,” the foreign minister of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), Mohamed Siala, said on Friday, without specifying whether it was a deployment of UN peacekeepers.

“Priority must be given to security and stability,” Siala told the UN General Assembly, stressing that “this need must be supported by the United Nations.”

“We call for transforming the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), which is a special political mission, to become a mission for supporting security and stability in Libya,” the Minister said.

He also welcomed the “efforts of the UN mission led by the UN envoy, Ghassan Salame, which allowed a ceasefire “to stop a month bloody fighting in southern Tripoli.

“We call on the parties concerned to respect this agreement,” Siala said, stressing that “national and international institutions and judicial authorities will pursue the perpetrators of these tragic attacks.”

GNA, which emerged from a agreement signed in 2015 under the auspices of the UN, failed to establish unified security forces and continued to rely on armed groups to ensure its security and the security of Tripoli.

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