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Siala denies requesting UN peacekeeping mission

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NEW YORK –  Foreign Minister of the proposed Government of National Accord Mohamed Siala denied on Monday requesting the transformation of the UN Support Mission in Libya from a special political mission to a peacekeeping mission, Chinese new agency Xinhua reported.

“This request does not mean at all turning the UN Support Mission in Libya to a peacekeeping mission,” said Siala, adding, “The involvement of the UN should be more effective and direct in the Libyan crisis, including the security crisis that is visible to all, and make it a priority in line with political track”.

“The aim of this request is for the international community to diagnose again the Libyan situation, so as not to separate the political path from the security path”, he said.

Siala in his address to the General Assembly 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”. Siala’s request caused  a public uproar while UN special envoy Ghassan Salamé said he was ‘surprised’ by it.

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