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Ghassan Salame: Institutions Legitimacy Issue Still Exists in Libya

Ghassan Salame: Institutions Legitimacy Issue Still Exists in Libya

Sunday, 14 October, 2018 - 12:30
Ghassan Salame, dean of The Paris School of International Affairs, attends a session at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos January 24, 2014. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich
Cairo - Abdul Sattar Hatita
UN Special Envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame affirmed that the institutions’ legitimacy problem still exists in Libya and this matter can only be resolved through general elections.

He expressed rejection of the dominance of any militia over Tripoli, weeks after a ceasefire, sponsored by the mission, went into effect.

In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper after his arrival in Cairo on Saturday, Salame stressed that the UN mission works on holding the elections soon.

He said that certain local Libyan factors led to the delay in elections and not the Italian-French dispute over this subject.

Salame expressed his hope that a security and economic plan would be able to prepare the right conditions in the country for some kind of stability that leads to a permanent political solution.

He added that the security plan focuses on fostering the ceasefire and rejecting the power solution, noting that the security arrangement committee in the capital has been changed and a strong committee has been set up.

Salame added that a group of economic reforms was adopted, leading to a remarkable drop in the commodities’ prices in Libya and a progress in the exchange rate of the dinar against the dollar.

Regarding foreign assistance, the Security Council is clear in this aspect – it will not deploy the blue helmets in Libya because the mission is entrusted with political work and not peace-keeping, continued Salame.

"Therefore, the mission is sponsoring a ceasefire but has no forces to intervene militarily."

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