Libya's Interior Ministry accuses UN envoy of bias

Libya's Interior Ministry accuses UN envoy of bias

July 31, 2019 - 21:44
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The Libyan Interior Ministry said Wednesday that the UN envoy Ghassan Salame had provided misinformation and fallacies about the conflict in Tripoli in his recent briefing at the Security Council.

The Interior Ministry said Salame gave untrue account when he referred to the arrest of the head of medicine and food control center Mohammed Al-Mashai in his account of the kidnapping of the member of House of Representatives Siham Sirgiwa, which showed him making equal the two incidents - humanitarian-wise and legal-wise.

"Al-Mashai was arrested not kidnapped. He was detained by a judicial warrant and he was referred to the Public Prosecutor. How could his case be brought to light and likened to the forced disappearance and abduction of Sirgiwa whose whereabouts are still unknown." The statement reads.

It adds that Salame gave false information about the airstrikes by Khalifa Haftar's forces on Tajoura migrants' detention center, saying some migrants were shot dead, which "is an allegation that is not true."

"All reports, forensic evidence, local investigations and information speak for the truth about the death of the migrants, but the UNSMIL didn't take part in those reports and didn't see them." The statement further added.

It indicated that Salame took sides in his recent briefing at the Security Council for certain policies at the expense of objectivity and truth, which is a failure on the UN part.