Salamé: If I can not unite Libyans, there is no need for my presence in Libya

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

ZINTAN – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to Libya, Ghassan Salamé, said in media statements, following his meetings with Zintan’s dignitaries, that if he fails to unite Libyans, then there is “no need” for his presence in the country.

“I tell you frankly that if I can not reunite the Libyans and restore accord and harmony, there is no need for my presence in Libya. I came to this goal and I still insist on it”, said Salamé.

Salamé also talked about the recently-implemented security arrangements in the capital which were adopted following a month of violent clashes that left hundreds dead.

“Those who think these arrangements are mere media bubbles did not realize the truth. We are very serious about these arrangements and their implementation on the ground no matter what the obstructions are. This will not be done overnight. Therefore, whoever says that this [security arrangements] had not happened yet does not know that the accumulation of seven years of chaos requires more than one month to solve all outstanding problems, but we are moving in the right direction.”

He also pointed out to his proposal of holding a Libyan National Conference (Al-Multaqa Al-Watani) which he announced at his briefing to the UN Security Council on Thursday.

“I said that the solution should come from the Libyans themselves, and therefore I called for a national conference in late January representing all the Libyan parties. If the Libyan parties agree on a unified plan of action and actually agree within Libya and without any foreign presence I am sure that the Security Council will adopt these proposals and will follow them”, he said before adding, “the time has come for the Libyans to meet together and decide what they want and they will find the United Nations on their side.”


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