Salame surprised by Libya's Foreign Minister call for replacing political mission with security

Salame surprised by Libya's Foreign Minister call for replacing political mission with security

September 29, 2018 - 21:23
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The UN envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame told Aljazeera TV on Saturday that he was surprised to hear the Foreign Minister of the Presidential Council's government Mohammed Sayala transforming the political mission into a security and stability one.

Salame said the UNSMIL played a pivotal role in the ceasefire in Tripoli through Al-Zawiya agreement, thus forming a new security arrangements committee.

"Tripoli clashes was the first time when the UNSMIL got involved in the security conditions thoroughly."

"Maybe Sayala said he wanted the UNSMIL to do more than politics. I will talk with the Presidential Council's Head about the request made at the General Assembly," he added, saying the role of the mission is specified by the Security Council.

He also said that they will be reviewing the constitution referendum and then the holding of elections if the referendum law would not be rejected.

Salame also said that after meeting representatives from the House of Representatives and High Council of State and discussing breaking the political impasse, he sensed unwillingness among parties to return to the political dialogue in Tunisia and the framework of the joint amendment commission that wanted to amend the political agreement.

He also said that most Libyans wish to change the current political organs but lack the peaceful methods to do so, saying that there are politicians who reject the change to hold on to their posts.

 

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