The Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives (HoR) announced on Wednesday its refusal of the approval of Tahir al-Suni as Libya’s representative to the United Nations by the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, calling on him to reverse the decision.
“Approval of the accreditation of Tahir al-Sunni, a delegate of Libya to the United Nations, is a violation of Libyan legislation that stipulates the necessity of parliament’s approval, as well as the law regulating political and consular action,” the committee chairman, Youssef al-Aqouri, said in a press statement.
“The concerned person lacks the competency and experience standards required for this sensitive job and in this important place.”
Sunni accreditation is a violation even of the provisions of the Skhirat Agreement (Libyan Political Agreement), which requires the issuance of decrees to appoint ambassadors by the Prime Minister and not by the Presidential Council of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), al-Aqouri pointed out.
HoR Foreign Committee has sent a legal memo to Antonio Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, clarifying the legal circumstances of the matter and asking the Secretary-General to reject the appointment decision, he explained.
The Head of GNA Presidential Council, Fayez al-Sarraj, issued a decision last September to appoint al-Sunni as Libya’s delegate to the United Nations.
During his meeting with Guterres yesterday to present his credentials, according to local media, Al-Sunni stressed the “importance of cooperation between Libya and the United Nations to get out of the current crisis.”