Libya's Tripoli-based HoR denounces Salame's meetings with Haftar, says he's biased

Libya's Tripoli-based HoR denounces Salame's meetings with Haftar, says he's biased

June 26, 2019 - 21:02
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

Members of the Libyan House of Representatives (HoR) convening in Tripoli denounced Tuesday the meeting of UNSMIL's Head Ghassan Salame with "outlaw Khalifa Haftar."

They said in a letter to the Secretary General of the UN that Haftar has no authority or official occupation as the HoR scrapped General Commander of Army post that was given to him by Tobruk-based HoR in 2015.

"Salame's visit to Haftar who hindered the UN-led political process gives him and his attack on Tripoli some sort of legitimacy." The letter reads.

It adds that the HoR members were hoping Salame would condemn the attack on Tripoli and other cities in southern Libya with all the aftermath and destruction those attacks had caused, including in Benghazi and Derna.

The HoR members also said that Salame has become part of the problem, saying Haftar can never be part of the political process again.

Salame visited Haftar in Al-Rajma days ago and discussed with him the ongoing fighting and the ways to end it.

He also met with HoR Speaker in Tobruk Aqila Saleh and, according to MPs in there, he told Saleh that UNSMIL doesn't recognize Tripoli-based HoR.

In Tripoli and other western region cities, many people have been calling for sacking and replacing Salame saying he is biased to Haftar and is reluctant to condemn the Tripoli offensive by Haftar's forces despite the hundreds of casualties and thousands of IDPs it caused.

 

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