Martin Kobler SRSG for Libya holds press conference on situation in Libya
The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General(SRSG) in Libya, Martin Kobler, held a press conference on the situation in Libya including an extensive question period. A video of the entire event is appended.
|There were only a few reporters at the press conference but they were allowed ample time to ask questions. While some of the questions brought up significant issues and Kobler's answers added to our information of what is to happen and UN plans, there were also questions that were not asked that I would have expected.|
Confirms that those individuals and entities engaging in or providingsupport for acts that threaten the peace, stability or security of Libya, or thatobstruct or undermine the successful completion of the political transition to astable, sccure and prosperous Libya under a Government of National Accord, mustbe held strictly accountable, and in this regard, recalls the travel ban and assetfreeze measures reaffirmed in paragraph 11 of resolution 2213 (2015);
2. Terms of Reference of the Presidency Council of the Council of Ministers:The question on Haftar was combined with another question about whether Kobler would commit not to take a high-paying job in some country such as the UAE that had an interest in the negotiations as Kobler's predecessor Bernardino Leon had done. A pointless question that Kobler had no trouble responding to. Even if he eventually does so, he and the UN will probably claim there is no conflict of interest, just as in the Leon situation. The UN has never replied yet to the GNC that demanded an explanation of the Leon affair. If the questioner had cited the section of the LPA that gives senior officials of the GNA the functions of commander-in-chief of the LNA and then asked Kobler if Haftar had accepted this, it would have put Kobler more on the spot, although he could just respond that he did not know. It would be significant that he not know something as crucial to the process as this.a. Assume the functions of the Supreme Commander of the Libyan army
During the celebration, the military brigades of the General Staff of the GNC refused to deal with Sirraj government, saying imposing it through a foreign dictation would only lead to more violence and instability.Commander of the National Mobil Force, Said Gojeel said he would only follow orders of the GNC General Staff.The brigades vowed their support for the GNC and HoR initiatives to solve the crisis and select a national government that meet the aspirations of all Libyans.