UN envoy to Libya vows neutrality toward crisis as he visits Misrata

UN envoy to Libya vows neutrality toward crisis as he visits Misrata

August 15, 2017 - 22:45
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The UN envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame, vowed Tuesday to be unbiased and to find a new mechanism for dialogue among the Libyan conflicting parties so that they reach a consensus to amend the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA.)

As he arrived in Misrata and met with the municipal council officials Tuesday, Salame expressed respect for the role of the city in fighting IS militants as well as the sacrifices the city's residents made to achieve stability and security across Libya.

Meanwhile, Misrata municipal council urged Salame to press the House of Representatives (HoR) to endorse the LPA and to speed up the passing of the polls law that would allow Libyans to cast their ballots for the constitution or against it, thus paving the way for parliamentary and presidential elections.

Salame met the HoR's Speaker Aqilah Saleh in Qubba city in eastern Libya on August 06, when he stressed the need for resolving the Libyan crisis.

While on August 05, Salame met in Tripoli the Head of the UN-proposed government's Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sirraj as well as the Head of the High Council of State Abdelrahman Al-Sweihli.

"Libya's sovereignty is not up for negotiation and neither is its independence and unity. I will try not to be the reason for more oppression in Libya and I will support the implementation of the LPA." Salame commented after the then-meetings in Tripoli.

The UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, appointed Ghassan Salame as the new Head of the UNSMIL to replace Martin Kobler.

 

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