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Dabbashi warns Salamé of attempts to hijack the national conference

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

BENGHAZI – Former Libyan Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ibrahim Dabbashi, warned of attempts to hijack the upcoming national conference in an open letter addressed to Head of UN Support Mission in Libya, Ghassan Salamé.

In his letter, Dabbashi expressed his appreciation for Salamé’s efforts to help bring the country out of political turmoil. However, Dabbashi blamed Salamé for continuing to use “the same tools that have proven unsuccessful”and “not thinking outside the box”.

Dabbashi wrote that some Libyan parties backed by “active members of the Security Council” are trying to hijack the national conference and turn it into another meeting between those who are occupying the political scene. He wrote that such hijack is aimed to “distract the people” and allow these parties to “waste time in order to maintain their privileges,”

He wrote that the national conference is “the last opportunity for the Libyans to find a peaceful solution that guarantees the exit from the transitional phase,” and also the last opportunity for the UN Mission to prove its credibility.

Dabbashi called on Salamé to bypass those who were “legitimized by an agreement that did not take effect, and those who seized the powers of others,” He also called for a broad representation of the Libyan people in the conference through municipal councils.

Ghassan Salamé proposed that a national conference be held in first weeks of 2019 during his Security Council briefing in early November last year. He said that the electoral process should commence in the Spring of 2019 following the conference.

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