- UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) Martin Kobler, or the new head of the United Nations Support Mission In Libya, will reportedly meet with Abu Sahmain, the president of the General National Congress(GNC), on New Year's Day.
|The Libya Herald says it saw a letter from Kobler to Sahmain indicating the SRSG and his security adviser, Major General Paolo Serra, would be visiting Tripoli Friday. Kobler already met with eastern authorities from the HoR government. There is no report on what happened at that meeting. Kobler has released no information about what is happening for over a week now. His last news release was about the UN Security Council resolution supporting UNSCR 2259 which included demands that the GNC and HoR authorities cooperate with the UN officials as they attempt to locate a rival government in Tripoli.|
Another security-related challenge includes the issue of senior military posts. According to Article 8 of the agreement, the powers of all senior military posts revert to the Presidential Council as soon as the agreement is signed. Yet General Khalifa Haftar continues to direct ongoing military operations in eastern Libya, despite the signing of the agreement. This situation presents a clear challenge to the authority of the presidential council and the GNA.I think Eljarh must be misreading the LPA. The term of the GNA does not begin until the HoR gives it a vote of confidence. In effect there is no GNA as yet. Haftar does not lose his job until the GNA is given a vote of confidence by the HoR. The Presidential Council does not yet have any authority over the LNA or Haftar. If it did, then the situation would be outrageous and the GNA already doomed by Haftar's successful flouting of the GNA authority. Of course this may still happen but it has not so far, in my opinion. If it had, surely the UN would complain about Haftar but they have not. However, Haftar may be arranging it so there is no vote in the HoR to ensure that for now he remains in power,
Equally, with Hafter towing the UN-brokered LPA line and the eastern tribes – the bedrock of Ageela Salah’s political support in the east – coming out in favour of Skhirat, Salah has been left marooned politically.Presumably, Zapti was attempting to use idiomatic English and mistakenly used "towing" instead of "toeing" as they are homphones. Zapti suggests that the Libya-Libya alternative plan to that of the UN is petering out, even though a GNC group announced a new version of the plan. Salah, president of the HoR, along with Sahmain president of the GNC had earlier worked together to promote the plan. Now, Salah appears to have abandoned the plan and will support the GNA but with conditions.