Libya's Foreign Ministry urges UNSMIL to "name things as they are"

Libya's Foreign Ministry urges UNSMIL to "name things as they are"

December 05, 2020 - 19:40
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The Libyan Foreign Ministry of the Government of National Accord (GNA) said the acting UN envoy Stephanie Williams was supposed to name things as they are when she talked about the war and attacks as well as foreign mercenaries and arms flow, saying she should have said the name of the party behind the attack on Tripoli in April 2019 when the UN Secretary General was present.

The Foreign Ministry commented on Williams’ statements saying the attack on Tripoli was being planned for years and it was done with the help of many countries, adding that the aggression helped deepen division amid clear foreign support for the conflict militarily, politically and via media.

In the meantime, the Foreign Ministry reiterated that signing agreements and memoranda of understanding with other countries is an internal Libyan matter that doesn’t go against the international law, adding that the acting envoy Stephanie Williams should have said the names of those whom she called “corrupt officials” and provided evidence to the judiciary to bring them to justice.

The GNA Foreign Ministry also said that the Head of the Presidential Council was the first to call for forming an international technical committee under the supervision of the UN to review the financial status in the country to achieve transparency.

Williams said last Wednesday that there are now ten military bases in the country that are today either fully or partially occupied by foreign forces, revealing that there are now 20,000 foreign forces and/or mercenaries in Libya.

"That is a shocking violation of Libyan sovereignty. You may believe that these foreigners are here as your guests, but they are now occupying your house. This is a blatant violation of the arms embargo." Williams remarked in her opening statement at the third virtual meeting of the second Libyan Political Dialogue Forum's round.

Meanwhile, the spokesman for the Libyan Foreign Ministry Mohammed Al-Giblawi told reporters that they reject the failure of the UNSMIL to mention facts as they are, saying there can be no similarity between Libya-Turkey agreements and the support; mercenaries and weapons, received by Khalifa Haftar from several countries.