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Salamé: Security Council will not deploy UN peacekeepers to Libya

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

CAIRO – Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Ghassan Salamé, said in an interview published on Sunday with Saudi newspaper Asharq al-Awsat that the Security Council will not deploy United Nations peacekeepers to Libya.

“The Security Council will not deploy Blue Helmets [United Nations Peacekeeping Forces] in Libya, because the UN mission is there for political action, not for peacekeeping.”, said Salamé.

The UN envoy, who is currently in Egypt for talks on Libya, said also the problem of the “institutional legitimacy” still exists in Libya, and the dispute in this regard is a dilemma that can only be solved by elections, which faces many obstacles as he acknowledged.

Salamé also acknowledged the presence of a competition between Italy and France on Libya, however, he says that this competition is “no longer in the same intensity now”.

Salamé noted that UNSMIL used recent clashes in Tripoli to fix the chaos in the capital. “There were extortion operations from some Tripoli militias on institutions, on government, on banks. A number of personalities were kidnapped  such as bank managers, arbitrary arrests were made against a number of people… and a number of militias entered the core of the ministries. What we have been doing since the Tripoli events [in August] is to purify this.”

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