At the 9th Ministerial Meeting of Libyan Neighbouring Countries in Niamey, Niger, Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Martin Kobler, made a statement on the situation in Libya. This article comments on that statement.
|The entire statement can be found on the United Nations Support Mission Libya (UNSMIL) website. Kobler describes the present situation in Libya as "delicate" and said that he was particularly worried about the situation in Tripoli saying:|
Last Friday, members of the former government in Tripoli took over the premises of the High Council of State. I condemned this action. Attempts to create parallel institutions and obstruct the implementation of the Libyan Political Agreement will generate further disorder and insecurity. This standoff should not escalate into violence. It has to end peacefully.Kobler earlier issued a separate statement condemning the action.
Daily life for Libyans is becoming more difficult. With oil production well below its potential, inflation of the Libyan Dinar is at nearly 20 percent, food prices are increasing and the lack of liquidity mean that cash is becoming scarce.