UNSMIL list for LPDF provokes anger in Libya

UNSMIL list for LPDF provokes anger in Libya

October 27, 2020 - 14:17
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Written By: SafaAlharathy

The list of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) participants set by the UN mission has drawn resentment and anger among different Libyan spectrum, as some of the names listed are blamed for the deteriorated situation of the country in the past few years.

The UNSMIL had released 75 names who will take part in the LPDF scheduled to kick off in Tunis in the coming days.

It stressed the participants have been selected on the basis of inclusivity, fair geographic, ethnic, political, tribal, and social representation, with the participation of members from the House of Representatives, the High Council of State, and other influential political actors outside these two institutions.

In response, the commander of the Sirte and Al-Jufra Operations Room, Brigadier Ibrahim Bait Al-Mal expressed surprise at the UNSMIL list.

Bait Al-Mal regrettably questioned "who chose these names", noting that they had learnt about them through media.

"Stephanie Williams must stop tampering with the fate of the Libyans, she does not have the right to impose anything we do not want," he said.

For its part, the Tripoli Protection Force demanded in a statement the UNSMIL reconsider the list and select "true representatives" of people and cities away from favoritism and compromise.

"Some of the names listed lack political and military weight, others only represent themselves and the interests of certain countries," the force said in a statement on Sunday.

In the same context, the coalition of forces supporting the Volcano of Rage Operation denounced what it called the unbalanced role of the UN mission and demanded it to desist from "tampering with the fate of the Libyans" and abide by its tasks in accordance with international laws regulating the work of missions.

In a statement issued yesterday, the coalition rejected all names included in the UNSMIL list, saying they lack legitimacy and are responsible for the current impasse and deteriorating living conditions in the country.

The coalition forces also reiterate their rejection for the new transitional phase supported by the UN mission, calling for holding a constitutional referendum and parliamentary elections.

Meanwhile, a large spectrum of activists, politicians, and media figures have denounced the UN mission's list for the LPDF, underscoring that the mission has exceeded its role as a catalyst for the peace process to a guardian who wants to identify the interlocutors and impose the LPDF outcomes beforehand.