Foreign intervention, discord at Security Council encouraged Libyan warring parties to fight

Foreign intervention, discord at Security Council encouraged Libyan warring parties to fight

August 26, 2019 - 22:03
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The UN envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame said foreign intervention and lack of unified stance in the international community had encouraged the warring parties in Libya to keep the sounds of their arms loud.

Salame told Le Monde on Sunday that mediation for peace is very difficult as in Libya, there are tens of countries that support one of the armed factions, adding that there aren't two opposing "camps" as many think.

He said foreign intervention takes many forms in Libya, such as political or diplomatic support for one party over the other, and selling or "donating" arms to warring parties or even engaging in the war in a direct manner.

"There is no unity at the Security Council to condemn such behaviors that go against Libya's sovereignty and UN resolutions." Salame remarked.

He added that in this case a political solution inside Libya is very difficult to achieve and thus the warring parties get encouraged to continue the fighting.

Salame participated at the 3+3 group meeting in Paris on Sunday and provided a review of his plan that he announced at the Security Council on July 29.