The Address | Benghazi – Libya
BENGHAZI – The General Commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar accused UN special envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame of being a biased mediator in the Libyan conflict.
The UN envoy had warned on May 21 that the battle in Tripoli was just a beginning of a long and bloody war, calling for immediate action to stop the flow of arms fueling the fighting in the country.
Salame told the UN Security Council that Libya was about to slide into civil war that could lead to chaos or a permanent divide of the country.
Dividing Libya may be what our adversaries want, Haftar said in an interview with the French Le Journal du Dimanche, adding, maybe that is what Ghassan Salame wants too, but as long as I’m alive, it will never happen.
Salame has changed and is speaking in the same way as those who talk about dividing Libya or that the conflict is tribal, he said. Salame has changed from an honest and impartial mediator to a biased one, he added.
But again this divide is impossible because the Libyans will remain united as one people; the rest is an illusion, LNA Commander stressed.
Militia elements who agree to raise the white flag, return the weapons to LNA and return to their homes will remain in safety and peace, said the Marshal.
We must first eliminate the militias; the problem in Tripoli is lack of security, he said.
As long as the militias and terrorist groups are there, the crisis can not be solved. We had to use military means to open a political path that al-Sarraj, the Head of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), who is controlled by these militias, could not pursue, Haftar added.