UN envoy briefs Security Council on Libya's crisis: UK, US, and Italy deplore crimes in east Libya

UN envoy briefs Security Council on Libya's crisis: UK, US, and Italy deplore crimes in east Libya

November 16, 2017 - 22:23
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

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The United Nations envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame, has briefed the Security Council (UNSC) today on the latest development of the Libyan Political Agreement and his action plan implementation.

Salame told the UNSC on Thursday that his action plan's second stage - a national conference - is going to be held in next February to gather all Libyan political stakeholders without exception.

"The Libyan High National Elections Commission has started devising a timeline for the polls for the upcoming elections in the country, and whether the current efforts aimed at the amendment of the LPA succeeded or not, the LPA will remain fixed in place." Salame said.

Salame also indicated that Libya is currently suffering from financial issues and growing poverty rates, adding that this is happening to Libya after it has always been a country that provides other countries with assistance, urging the international community to be responsible for stopping the war in the country.

The Libyan Foreign Minister, on the other hand, Mohammed Sayala, told the UNSC that his government condemns in the strongest possible terms the kidnapping, murders, arrests on IDs, forced disappearance, and assassinations that are being done by outlaw groups.

Sayala added that his government deplores the war crimes and crimes against humanity in Al-Abyar in Benghazi, the vicious airstrikes on Wadi Nina and the heinous air attack on Derna, where civilians including women and children were killed.

In the meantime, the Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano told the UNSC that his country fully supports the UN-led political process, citing enormous assistance given by his country to help Libya reach stability.

He indicated that Italy is focused on the Libyan borders in order to solve the issues of human smuggling and migration via Libya, saying that the international community must assist Italy as well as Libya so the latter can secure its borders.

Alfano emphasized that there is no military solution to the Libyan crisis and that Libyan officials must push for going to elections, explaining that a nationwide reconciliation is important before casting ballots.

He also explained that it is very necessary and urgent to have an investigation into crimes and airstrikes in Denra, and crimes against humanity in Benghazi and other places, saying that the humanitarian aids must be allowed to enter Derna.

Condemnation of the crimes against humanity and war crimes in Libya - including Derna, Al-Abyar in Benghazi and Wershiffana in western Libya - was voiced also by the UK and the US as well as other foreign Representatives at the UN.

"The criminals behind the killing of innocent people in Al-Abyar and Wershiffana and behind the bombing of civilians in Derna must be brought to justice." The UK representative commented.

The latest UN-led talks in Tunisia ended last month with little development on the issue of amending the LPA as the controversial Article 08 remained a hindrance for the High Council of State and the House of Representatives' negotiators, who agreed to reshape the Presidential Council to three members but disagreed on who the trio should be.