The Address | Benghazi – Libya
NEW YORK – Former Libyan Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ibrahim Dabbashi, said that the Foreign Minister of the proposed Government of National Accord, Mohamed Taher Siala, has used ‘inaccurate words’ for his request of transforming the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) from a special political mission, to a mission for supporting security and stability in Libya.
In a media statement, Dabbashi said, “Mr Siala’s statements have caused a lot of public uproar, which many consider an invitation to deploy peacekeepers in Libya and interpreted as a request for peacekeepers and turning the mission into a security mission. ”
The uproar, according to Dabbashi, was the result of lack of professional language used by Siala in his speech.
“I do not know why Mr. Siala used these inaccurate words. He did not confirm our previous official request to turn the mission into a stabilization and institution-building mission,” he said. “Institution-building is a clear term for all state institutions, including the army, the police and the judiciary.”
United Nations special envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salamé, was also surprised by Siala’s request, indicating in an interview that he will communicate with GNA’s Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj to understand the nature of this request.