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How would the UN implement Salame’s statement?



The ambiguity in Tripoli about the political settlement is making the situation unclear as well as the ways to end the crisis. It looks like that the United Nations (UN) is revising its plans after one year since it appointed its current envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame.

Salame in his talk from Tripoli with the Foreign Ministers in their meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, on Tuesday, briefed the procedure to implement the security arrangements and imposing the security. The arrangements are including preparing the list of the sides that violate the International Humanitarian Law in Tripoli as well as the economic reforms and even the expected National Convention.

Salame’s speech comes in the foggy situation in Tripoli because of the ambiguity in the attitudes of the factions and sides in the country. The unclear situation is seen in the attitude of the Government of National Accord (GNA) that had kept itself distanced from the events in the capital city. On the other side, the commander of the Dignity Operation, General Khalifa Haftar, who was always motivated to attack Tripoli with his forces, is making the situation worse. Internationally, the major countries that concerned with the Libyan case had been absent with no explicit attitudes, especially regarding the elections side.

Salame talked about the armed forces that control the GNA in Tripoli, stressing that the GNA should be freed from the control of these militias. But Salame didn’t say anything about who would free the GNA from these militias.

Salame talked about the new security arrangements without clarifying what is new in these arrangements if they are compared to the original ones that were put since the end of 2015. The Presidential Council (PC) of the GNA was unable to implement those arrangements because those militias controlled it.

It is worth mentioning that Salame’s statement had come after the call of the head of the PC, Fayez Al-Sarraj, on the International Community to intervene to end the clashes and the crisis in Tripoli because it was not enough for the International Community to only express the concerns.