Western and Central Libya elders accuse UN envoy of equalizing "aggressors and defenders"

Western and Central Libya elders accuse UN envoy of equalizing "aggressors and defenders"

February 02, 2020 - 21:49
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

Elders from the Central, Greater Tripoli, Sahel and Mountain regions in Libya have voiced dismay at the recent briefing by the UN envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame at the Security Council, accusing him of equalizing the aggressors (Khalifa Haftar's forces) and the defender (GNA forces).

The elders and dignitaries of the regions said in a statement on Saturday that Salame’s briefings and statements that make the aggressor and the defender equal come amid Haftar's attacks on Tripoli and the crimes committed against civilians, including children.

The elders also denounced the use of "Libyan National Army" to describe "Haftar’s militias" by Salame at the Security Council, adding that Haftar's forces included mercenaries from Janjaweed from Sudan and Wagner Group mercenaries from Russia who are all paid and backed by the UAE, Saudi Arabia, France and Egypt.

They also called on Salame to call things by their true names so that he avoids being a false witness, saying the wise in Libya are keen on delivering documents showcasing Salame’s violations to the UN and to the Secretary General.

Central and Western Libya elders called last week on the Tripoli-based House of Representatives and High Council of State not to participate in any political dialogues before the withdrawal of attacking forces and return of the IDPs to their houses.

Salame proposed a political track that includes 40 personalities; 13 from HCS and 13 from HoR, while he would select 14 others to start the dialogue.