The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) website recently released the statement of Special Representative of the Secretary General, Martin Kobler, at the Eighth Ministerial Meeting of Libya's Neighboring Countries.
|Echoing euphemistically the constant attempt to promote the UN-brokered Government of National Accord (GNA), the meeting was titled "A united neighborhood in support of a united Libya". Kobler remarks: "I am pleased to see that Libya is represented today by His Excellency the President of the Presidency Council Mr. Fayez Serraj. " Notice that Kobler no longer calls him president-designate. There has been no formal vote of confidence in the HoR as required by the LPA. The UN has simply accepted a statement by an alleged majority of the HoR that they support the GNA as good enough. There has been no vote in the HoR to amend the Constitutional Declaration of 2011 to incorporate the GNA either. If the rules of the LPA had been followed the GNA term would not yet have begun and officials would still be designate. Some news sources still call Serraj PM-designate.|
The Libyan Political Agreement was signed in December, and approved by the House of Representatives in January. The Presidency Council has established a Temporary Security Committee and formed a cabinet, which received express approval from a commanding majority of members of the House of Representatives.
The overwhelming majority of the Libyan people are in favour of the Libyan Political Agreement. The overwhelming majority support the formation of the Government of National Accord. The overwhelming majority want and deserve peace – now.The last sentence is probably true enough. The other statements are not verified by any polling. True or not, It does not change the fact that neither parliament has approved the LPA or GNA.
Together with the Libyans, the region and the wider international community, we will continue to support the implementation of the Libyan Political Agreement. This is the plan and there are no alternatives.
I intend to work with the relevant authorities responsible for national reconciliation in the new Government of National Accord to arrange for regional fora of tribal leaders and mayors to accompany the process of nation-building.