New initiative by UN envoy is met with strong criticism by members of High Council of State

New initiative by UN envoy is met with strong criticism by members of High Council of State

November 14, 2017 - 21:45
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Written by: HousamNajjair

Abdul-Rahman Shater, a member of the High Council of State, has declared that the proposal to amend articles that refer to executive powers in the Libyan political agreement submitted by the UN envoy Ghassan Salame excludes the High Council of State, noting that the rejection of this new proposal is very possible.
Shater said in a press statement on Tuesday that Salame's contribution bares no relation to the spirit of the political agreement, adding that this move will create even further division and could well aid the dismantling of the state.

"Salame’s new proposal favors one side over the other". Shater was quoted as saying.

He added that the UN envoy has not taken into account that those who will become marginalized will resist this kind of exclusion even if agreed upon and brought forward by the order of the Security Council.

Shater considered that the United Nations Support Mission in Libya has not adhered to maintaining a neutral position and is not actively seeking to bring the two conflicting parties together.

He called on the UN envoy Ghassan Salame not to follow in the footsteps of his predecessors, Leon and Kobler, by taking sides and imposing solutions brought forward by the Security Council, warning that this could turn Libya into a ball of fire, adding that Libyans were optimistic at the involvement of Salame.

He noted that the High Council of State is currently working on the preparation of detailed responses to all the points contained in the proposed initiative, and stated that there will be a meeting tomorrow to discuss and formulate the outcome to then send a final reply to the Secretary-General and the UN envoy.

Ghassan Salame has drafted a new initiative to amend the Libyan political agreement and he plans to submit it to the House of Representatives and High Council of State before submitting it to the Security Council in his next briefing on the 16th of November.

The head of the dialogue committee representing the High Council of State, Musa Faraj, also criticized this new initiative and described it as biased in favor to the House of Representatives when it grants them the full powers of selection of members of the new Presidential Council, effecting the idea of reconciliation when the High Council of State`s participation is hindered on one of the most important clauses of the political agreement.

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