Libyan min­is­ter seeks UN’S help on se­cu­rity is­sues

‘We call for con­ver­sion of UNSMIL, which is a spe­cial po­lit­i­cal mis­sion, into a mis­sion of sup­port for Libya’s se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity,’ Siala tells the United Na­tions Gen­eral As­sem­bly in New York

The Gulf Today - - MIDDLE EAST -

UNITED NA­TIONS: Af­ter a month of mili­tia clashes that left more than 100 peo­ple dead, Libya’s Un-backed for­eign min­is­ter on Fri­day called for the coun­try’s UN po­lit­i­cal mis­sion to trans­form into a “se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity” sup­port role.

Mo­hamed Siala, for­eign min­is­ter of the Un-backed Libyan unity gov­ern­ment, did not spec­ify if he had in mind a UN peace­keep­ing mis­sion.

“Pri­or­ity must be given to se­cu­rity, to sta­bil­ity,” he told the United Na­tions Gen­eral As­sem­bly.

“We call for con­ver­sion of UNSMIL, which is a spe­cial po­lit­i­cal mis­sion, into a mis­sion of sup­port for Libya’s se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity,” he said with­out pro­vid­ing fur­ther de­tail.

The United Na­tions Sup­port Mis­sion for Libya (UNSMIL), led by Ghas­san Salame, was set up in 2011 to as­sist the coun­try’s new au­thor­i­ties af­ter the Nato-backed revo­lu­tion which ousted Libyan leader Muam­mar Qad­hai.

UNSMIL has fo­cused on fos­ter­ing po­lit­i­cal di­a­logue to help the North African coun­try’s tran­si­tion to democ­racy.

Un­der a Un-bro­kered agree­ment, the unity gov­ern­ment was set up in Tripoli but it is not recog­nised by a ri­val ad­min­is­tra­tion sup­ported by mil­i­tary strong­man Khal­ifa Haf­tar in Libya’s east.

Tripoli it­self has been at the cen­tre of a bat­tle for in­lu­ence be­tween armed groups with shift­ing al­le­giances.

A month of clashes left more than 100 dead south of the city be­fore the unity gov­ern­ment on Wed­nes­day an­nounced a cease­fire deal be­tween ri­val mili­tias.

Siala wel­comed the ef­forts of UNSMIL which he said en­abled the con­clu­sion of the cease­fire.

“We ask con­cerned par­ties to re­spect it. Na­tional and in­ter­na­tional le­gal bod­ies will pur­sue the au­thors of these tragic at­tacks,” he said.

On Thurs­day, Libya’s in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised gov­ern­ment an­nounced the re­lease of 83 pris­on­ers from a jail where the United Na­tions has doc­u­mented tor­ture and summary ex­e­cu­tions.

The prison at the Mit­iga air­base, one of the big­gest de­ten­tion fa­cil­i­ties in the cap­i­tal Tripoli, is run by the Spe­cial De­ter­rence Force, a mili­tia that serves as a po­lice force for the Gov­ern­ment of Na­tional Ac­cord (GNA).

The United Na­tions mis­sion in Libya wel­comed the re­leases from Mit­iga and called for “all re­main­ing pris­on­ers” who were ar­bi­trar­ily de­tained or had passed the le­gal pre-trial cus­tody pe­riod to be set free.

Taha Siala

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