UN envoy visits southern Libya for the first time

The United Nations special envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame. Photo: France24

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NEWSROOM (ADV) – The United Nations special envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame, visited Sunday Southern Libya for the first time since taking office in July 2017, where he met with tribal elders, academics and local activists.

Salame confirmed that the United Nations support mission in Libya would open an office in the eastern city of Benghazi later this month while wishing to open an office in southern Sudan.

“We will work hard to establish security arrangements and mediate between different parties, and if sanctions can be used if necessary in different parts of Libya, and more precisely in the South of the country,” Salame said.

Southern Libya suffers from unprecedented insecurity due to theft, murder and kidnapping of foreign workers.

Salame said that it was time to “look for alternatives” and that “there is a possible rapprochement between the will of the Libyans and the will of the international community to put an end to this political impasse.”

The United Nations envoy also stressed the need for a national conference to allow the Libyans to express their desire “that the Security Council and the international community become binding decisions for those who hinder our efforts.”

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