LIBYAPROSPECT – London
The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, said, on Monday, that the former Palestinian Prime Minister, Salam Fayyad, is still the right person to be the UN envoy to Libya despite the United States objection
The US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, has expressed her opposition to Guterres’s choice for the UN envoy to Libya, saying that the UN had for a long time been “unfairly biased for the Palestinian Authority to the detriment of our allies in Israel.”
Reuters quotes Guterres saying at a summit in Dubai that “it is a loss for the Libyan peace process and for the Libyan people that I am not able to appoint him.” He added that “I do not think that there is any valid reason to avoid someone who is very competent to do a job that is extremely important.”
Guterres also said that ending the conflict and instability in Libya was in “everybody’s interest.” It remains unclear whether the US’s objection to Fayyad’s appointment has jeopardized his chances.
When asked about the UN’s position on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict after the US ambassadors harsh statement, he said that “the UN needs to be able to act with impartiality in all circumstances and cannot be biased for anybody.”
Guterres said that “let’s do everything possible to make this relationship a constructive relationship. Having said so, we need to respect our values, and we need to make sure a multilateral approach to global problems is valued.” He added that “the talks are the first step for serious progress in finding a transition that allows for a political solution in which all Syrians feel represented.”