Ammari: Presidential Council has recently been off track in dealing with the Libyan status quo

Ammari: Presidential Council has recently been off track in dealing with the Libyan status quo

June 20, 2016 - 17:53
Posted in:
Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The member of the UN-proposed government’s Presidential Council (PC), Mohammed Ammari, sent a letter to the Head of the PC, Fayez Al-Sirraj, telling him about the wrong track the PC is going through in handling the Libyan situation, pointing out to the complete absence of transparency in all what the PC is doing, not to mention making some decisions that go against the general consensus, he added.

Ammari added in his letter that the individual work and the policy of fait accompli have been the common policies of the PC over the last period. He referred to some emails done individually by the Head of the PC and some other PC members to contact international organizations regarding some issues that should have won everyone’s consensus before, in addition to issuing statements by the PC that are not agreed upon by all of the members at the PC.

One case in point is the PC statement about Ajdabia clashes, which was rejected by Ammari and Abdelsalam Kajman, in addition to some other members voicing reservation as regards a number of phrases in the statement, however; the statement was issued without consensus and regardless of having been vetoed, Ammari explained.

“The PC rejected to take a clear political and ethical stance from the killing of children and women or any civilian in Derna and thus it followed a line of policy so far from accord.” Ammari said exemplifying the policy of fait accompli used by the PC.

He indicated even though the ministers were mandated to work by the UN-proposed government, the government has not convened its first meeting yet, knowing that in the first meeting there must be an agreement on the mechanism the government will use in making its decisions as per the political agreement.

“I’m not sceptical about the keenness of the PC’s Head, Fayez Al-Serraj, to carry out good work and performance, however I just want to single out the blemishes in the PC’s work so that we can contain those blemishes and put our PC back on the right track, and thus boost the efficiency of the PC.” Ammari’s letter to the PC concluded.

On Sunday, the PC issued a statement describing the attack of Ajdabia Liberation Chamber on Haftar’s militias as a terrorist attack that was intended to take some pressure off IS militants after they suffered continuous fatal blows. The statement also described Haftar’s forces as the Libyan National Army, which was denounced by Ammari in his letter, because Haftar and his forces do not recognize the PC and do not take orders from it.

On the other hand, Defend Benghazi Brigades (DBB) issued a statement Monday hailing the stance taken by the two PC members, Ammari and Kajman, who rejected the PC statement about Ajdabia clashes. DBB added that they are in touch with all of Libya’s revolutionaries in the east, west and south and they have agreed to throw Haftar out of the current scene because he is not less dangerous than ISIS militants are.