The Address | Benghazi – Libya
CAIRO – Secretary-General of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, revealed on Saturday that the United Nations’ spending in Libya is three times bigger than the budget of the Arab League.
In an interview with a local Egyptian channel, Aboul Gheit explained that the United Nations spends about 250 million dollars a year on Libya and that its envoy, Ghassan Salamé, has 55 technical and diplomatic assistants whom work with him country-wide and communicate with the tribes and the Libyan parties to secure stability.
Meanwhile, the budget of the Arab League itself, says Aboul Gheit, does not exceed 60 million dollars annually.
He also said the Arab League envoy to Libya, Salah Al-Din Al-Jamali, was endorsed by the Arab Ministerial Council and is resident in Tunisia and moving constantly.
“Even though he can not replace the international envoy, Ghassan Salamé, he is always in touch with him,” said Aboul Gheit.
Aboul Gheit stressed that the Libyan crisis is very complex and that the Arab League, whose envoy has no influence, is working within its capacity and potential in view of the financial situation.
Aboul Gheit pointed out that part of what makes Libya’s problem so complex is the militias’ influence.
“Libya produces and exports about one million and two hundred thousand barrels a day, which means that the country’s daily income is about 80 million dollars. These amounts are used for finance and to pay salaries and quotas, including for militias. The militias live by what they get from countries. However, when a solution approaches, these militias try to obstruct it,” He said.
Aboul Gheit stated that both the African Union and the Arab League believe that they each entitled to the Libyan dossier, being that Libya is both an African and an Arab country.
Aboul Gheit concluded by stating that he’s “not optimistic” about resolving the Libyan dossier, even though he hopes for a riddance from the current situation, which he sees as “far from finished”.