Reactions to appointing Fayyad by UN to Libya

Reactions to appointing Fayyad by UN to Libya

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LIBYAPROSPECT – Editorial

Social media pages circulated the message of the United Nations General Secretary, Antonio Guterres, demanding the Security Council to approve the appointment of the former Palestinian Prime Minister, Salam Fayyad, the UN envoy to Libya.

From his side, the current UN envoy to Libya, Martin Kobler, said that “the appointment of another figure is an internal matter inside the UN.”

The Italian Aki said, on Thursday, it acquired a copy of the message by Guterres that saying that he desires to appoint “Fayyad (Palestine) my special envoy to Libya, replacing Martin Kobler (Germany) who acted as my envoy since Nov. 1, 2015. I would like to appreciate efforts carried by Kobler, his dedication and effective leadership to the United Nations special mission to Libya.”

Reactions differed inside Libya regarding the matter. The Libyan writer, Mohamed Buisier, said that he had communicated with Fayyad, adding that “I talked to him about the difficult mission he has and the effects of the previous experiments. I Longley called to break the European dominance on the Libyan file and to choose a figure capable of communicating with different international and regional actors. Fayyad is the one.”

On the other hand, the legal activist, Faraj Zedan, said that “Fayyad was a close friend of George W. Bush, he was the founder of the Palestinian Third Way Party, and he was very well related to the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and US – Palestinian bank.”

Zedan added, via his Facebook page, that “who wants to know more about Fayyad should search for the Third Way party, the reasons for its foundation, the conflicts with other Palestinian factions like Fatah and Hamas, and why the United States insisted on appointing him the financial minister. I ask those who would meet Fayyad to ask him about his opinion regarding settlements.”

“Libyan crisis doesn’t need Fayyad or anyone else to facilitate negotiations among Libyans, any mediator won’t build on previous efforts, but will rather pursue other trajectories that bring matters back to zero square. That will only complicate things,” said Zidan.

It essential to mention that the United States had denounced appointing Fayyad as the new representative to Libya.

From his side, the writer Mohamed Al-Amin said that “Libya doesn’t need a mediator with a background and history like Fayyad, Libya is not looking for an economic savior or an official to reschedule debts.””Why not they try it themselves?”  Al-Amin asked, adding that “there are many patriotic neutral figures inside Libya, who serve from different positions, so why don’t we form real Libyan mediation team? If we failed to create that kind of mediation, we shouldn’t blame the United Nations for not assigning a broker who is more keen to preserve Libya’s interests more than Libyans themselves, as the UN only has employees, not fighters, has mediators who want to prolong their assignment period to get as many benefits as they could.”

“Why not they try it themselves?”  Al-Amin asked, adding that “there are many patriotic neutral figures inside Libya, who serve from different positions, so why don’t we form real Libyan mediation team? If we failed to create that kind of mediation, we shouldn’t blame the United Nations for not assigning a broker who is more keen to preserve Libya’s interests more than Libyans themselves, as the UN only has employees, not fighters, has mediators who want to prolong their assignment period to get as many benefits as they could.”