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Al-Mishri criticizes UN sanctions against Saleh Badi as being “selective”

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI –  Chairman of the High Council of State, Khaled Al-Mishri, met on Monday with Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Ghassan Salamé, in Tripoli.

According to a statement by the Council’s Media Office, “during the meeting, the two sides discussed the preparations for the national conference proposed by the UN mission, which will focus on a number of points, the most important of which is the draft constitution, security arrangements, and the draft electoral law.”

The statement added, “the chairman also expressed his surprise at the selectivity existed in the Security Council resolution in which sanctions were imposed on some of the figures obstructing the political agreement and leaving others, pointing out that there are other parties that obstruct the agreement, which were not covered by the resolution.”

Al-Mishri’s remarks came following the decision of the United Kingdom, United States and France to sanction Salah Badi, the commander of the Al Somood militia, under the terms of UN Security Council Resolution 2213 (2015). The UN mission has welcomed the decision.

In August and September 2018, Salah Badi played a leading role in heavy clashes in Tripoli in which at least 120 people were killed, most of whom were civilians. Badi, who is also a member of the military council of Misurata, is one of the strongest supporters of the extremist Shura Council of Benghazi, composed of Islamist and jihadist militias, including Ansar al-Sharia, the Libya branch of the al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

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