From Palermo, UN envoy says all Libyan parties agreed on political rather than military solutions

From Palermo, UN envoy says all Libyan parties agreed on political rather than military solutions

November 13, 2018 - 21:05
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The Head of the UNSMIL, Ghassan Salame, held a joint press conference with the Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, at the end of Palermo Conference on Tuesday evening.

Salame told reporters that he had heard a much louder sound of unity within the international community in political, security and economic fields in Libya, and heard and saw a much higher level of conviviality among Libyan stakeholders.

He also remarked that the Palermo Conference sends a unified message that it is about time Libyans have taken their own destiny into their hands.

Salame also said that all Libyans know that their country needs a political solution or it would be plunged into a new military chaos and war.

"All Libyans parties and international stakeholders pledged commitment to the Palermo Conference outcome and to UNSMIL's plan for early 2109 Libyan National Conference, which would help Libyans move forward to much needed privileges." Salame indicated.

The UN envoy commented on Khalifa Haftar's reactions to the conference, saying they should not affect the results or the political process, adding that both Haftar and his representative assured him of his support to the National Conference and the outcome of Palermo Conference.

Salame praised the agreement of the Central Bank of Libya in Tripoli and the parallel one in Al-Bayda, thanking Al-Siddiq Al-Kabeer and Ali Al-Hibri for their cooperation and agreements in Tunisia meetings on allowing an international firm to audit the accounts and review the money sources and expenditure - since 2014 - of the two CBLs in three weeks to come.

Meanwhile, The Palermo Conference was marked by the abrupt withdrawal of Turkey, which objected to having been excluded from a mini-summit Premier Giuseppe Conte hosted on the sidelines early Tuesday.

Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay told reporters that Turkey is leaving the meeting with deep disappointment.

The Italian Prime Minister said he was personally sorry for the pullout, adding that such reactions were to be expected given the sensibilities in the region.