Saturday, April 2, 2016

UN Secretary-General supports new Libyan Unity Government but no vote in HoR

Ban Ki-Moon, the UN Secretary-General, met Deputy Prime Minister of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA), Mr. Mousa Al-Kony.

The meeting was announced in a press release from the United Nations Support Mission in Libya website. Moon commended the efforts of the Presidency Council in leading the democratic transition. He said peace and stability in Libya are the highest priority for the UN and the international community. This is just nonsense. The UN and international community's top priority is for regime change. They want to replace the two rival governments by the GNA. They then want the GNA to ask for foreign military intervention so as to combat the Islamic State and stem the tide of refugees flowing from Libya to Europe. Attempting to force the rival General National Council (GNC) and its militia to accept the GNA in Tripoli is likely to create not peace and stability but more violent confrontations.
Moon expressed concern about the worsening humanitarian situation. However, instead of demanding immediate help, the UN appears to be using the situation as a lever to gain support for the GNA. Once the GNA is up and running, then and only then, will there be much international help. Moon also claims that the expansion of the Islamic State needs to be addressed. It is not clear the Islamic State is actually expanding much at present. They have suffered a number of setbacks. The release could have been written by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Martin Kobler, it has the same moralizing tone, praise for the GNA and pleas for the bad guys to be good:The Secretary-General also expressed his full support to the Presidency Council and encouraged them to exercise strong leadership to swiftly establish the Government of National Accord in Tripoli. He urged those who obstruct the return of the Presidency Council to Tripoli to cooperate in the immediate, orderly and peaceful handover of power. The people of Libya deserve a strong and United Government to end their suffering and bring back peace and stability.
Notice that the release no longer calls the GNA deputy PM "designate" but as already an official. Despite no formal vote of confidence from the HoR, the UN now recognizes the GNA as already in session. The UN, the GNA, and others apparently take the statement of an alleged majority of the HoR in support of the GNA as sufficient for it to be activated. It ignores that there should be a formal vote and an amendment to the Constitutional Declaration of 2011. There is no mention of the fact that the HoR rejects the GNA and its move to Tripoli until a vote is taken. There is no mention of the fact that for the last six meetings now there has been no quorum at HoR meetings.
Ageela Salah, the president of the HoR, urged members of the HoR to come to Tobruk on Monday to vote on the HoR. There was no quorum: The House of Representatives (HoR) has failed to meet in official session in Tobruk again today due to the lack of a quorum.The failure comes despite an earlier call by HoR president Ageela Salah on all members to meet in Tobruk today in order to vote on the constitutional amendment and the Government of National Accord (GNA).Today as well there was no quorum:Despite calls by Agilah Saleh, HoR failed to convene in #Tripoli again due to lack of quorum - pro-GNA members still boycotting. #LibyaWhere is the expression of concern by Ban Ki-Moon or Martin Kobler at this blocking of the "democratic transition" of Libya.?


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