UN envoy to Libya scolded by government officials of "misinforming" Security Council

UN envoy to Libya scolded by government officials of "misinforming" Security Council

July 31, 2019 - 20:44
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The Libyan Presidential Council's Head Fayez Al-Sarraj has summoned the UN envoy to the country, Ghassan Salame, and complained about the misinformation provided by him at the Security Council last Monday.

Likewise, the Libyan High Council of State (HCS) said it was preparing a letter to respond to the statement of Salame at the Security Council, saying it will be sent to the Secretary General and member states in order to mark out the misinformation about the current conflict in Libya given by Salame last Monday.

"Salame's briefing raises doubts about the neutrality of the UNSMIL." HCS added.

The General Staff of the Libyan Army under the command of the Presidential Council's government called also on Salame to provide a list of the extremists whom he said were fighting for the Libyan Army under the Presidential Council's government command.

"We are afraid that Salame was intentionally repeating what the attacking forces were accusing the Libyan Army of." The General Staff said in a statement on Wednesday.

It added that if Salame didn't provide a list of the extremists he alluded to, then he would be considered as trying to defame the Libyan Army and Presidential Council's government, hence, he would be sued for his false allegations.

Salame said in his Security Council briefing that conflict parties in Libya are using foreign mercenaries and support and that there are extremists fighting in southern Tripoli, saying both parties failed to respect the international humanitarian law.