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Salamé ‘surprised’ by Siala’s statements

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – The United Nations special envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salamé, said he was surprised by statements of the Government of National Accord’s Foreign Minister, Mohamed Siala, to the General Assembly in which he called upon 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”.

Salamé responded, “The mission played a pivotal role in the ceasefire in the clashes that took place in the capital Tripoli, through the Zawyia agreement in September, which led to the establishment of a committee for security arrangements and this was done by a mission that is political in the first place”.

Salamé also said in an interview with Qatar-based Al-Jazeera that the mission spent the last month trying to establish a ceasefire between the armed groups in Tripoli, which resulted in the loss of a large number of lives, pointing out that it was the first time that the UN mission was heavily involved in the security situation during these events.

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