Grand Mufti: We are not against UN-backed National Conference

Grand Mufti: We are not against UN-backed National Conference

March 27, 2019 - 21:33
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Written By: AbdullahBenIbrahim

Libya’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Sadiq Al-Gharyani said on Wednesday he would back the UN-sponsored National Conference, slated for mid-April, if only the UN mission in Libya publish the details and logistic arrangements in advance.

“The UNSMIL should from now publish all the details regarding the National Conference and names of the participants,” he said in his weekly Islam and Life program on Tanasuh TV.

The Grand Mufti urged the UNSMIL to explain how the participants and on what criteria are selected, in addition to making the agenda of the conference available to the public.

“Then, the UNSMIL should make a promise to adhere to the final agreement that would be reached between the participants,” he noted.

“If the UNSMIL show transparency and respond to all these demands, then I say taking part in the National Conference is a must,” he concluded.

UN envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame announced last week that National Conference is to be held in Ghadames city on April 14-16 to find a way out of the political stalemate in the country.

The UN mission has so far declined to publish the agenda of the conference and names of the participants, but it only indicated that it would be attended between 120 and 150 people representing all Libyan parties and entities.

Earlier, 150 Libyan politicians, academics, lawyers, and activists expressed concerns that the UN-backed National Conference would drag the country into more chaos due to lack of transparency.