The Address | Benghazi
TRIPOLI – United Nations special envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salamé, said in an interview with London-based Alhayat newspaper on Saturday that the Government of National Accord was not encouraged to implement new security arrangements which the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) proposed following a month of clashes in Tripoli.
“We contacted directly with all the fighting forces, the armed formations that control or attack Tripoli, and on September 4 we managed to gather them around a cease-fire. However, we took advantage of the circumstance to push forward a number of issues that we had planed, which the Government of National Accord was not very eager to move forward with”, said Salamé.
Salamé stated that in order for the current cease-fire to hold, militias must be deprived from financial advantages by the Tripoli-based government, something which he says he repetitively criticized.
Salamé also said that Tripoli is currently “living in relative calm” while noting that the fighting could break out at any moment due to “the entry of a number of persons known to have links to terrorist organizations, particularly ISIS and al-Qaeda, into the capital”.