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HoR denounces UN envoy breifing to Security Council

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TOBRUK – The Committee of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Libyan House of Representatives (HoR) expressed its surprise at the briefing of the UN envoy to Libyan, Ghassan Salame, to the Security Council on May 21.

UN envoy did not mention in his briefing the reasons and background of the move of the Libyan National Army (LNA) towards Tripoli, the Committee said in a statement.

UN envoy ignored talking about the failure of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and its lack of transparency talking about the results of its work, exaggerated in evaluating the success and reduced the risks facing the political process sponsored by the Mission.

The Committee mentioned that it had repeatedly addressed UNSMIL warning against the consequences of this, without the Mission’s attention to the Committee’s point of view, pointing out that the armed confrontations in Tripoli among militias last year were a sign of that stumbling block.

The Committee noted that the security arrangements agreed upon three years ago in the Skhirat Political Agreement had not been implemented, and the rejected Government of National Accord (GNA) and State institutions in the city of Tripoli fell in the hands of the armed groups that controlled the resources of the Libyans and the services provided to them.

Tripoli became a safe heaven for suspects and extremists, the Committee added.

Instead of taking a firm stance agianst all that, the Mission was preoccupied with a long and unclear dialogue, away from the core of the problem, the security of the capital and its State institutions and the implementation of the terms of the political agreement, HoR committee pointed out.

The Commission called on the international community to gain a deep understanding of what was happening on the ground, not to be dragged into hasty provisions and to urge the Mission to thoroughly review its plans and obtain the full support of the Security Council in order to implement any future agreements.

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