GNC president rejects present LPA and demands changes
Martin Kobler, the head of the UN Support Mission in Libya(UNSMIL), and Abu Sahmain the president of the General National Congress(GNC) government met in Tripoli today to discuss the Libya Political Agreement(LPA)
|The LPA was signed on December17th in Skhirat Morocco by participants in the Libya dialogue including members of both the internationally-recognized House of Representatives(HoR0 based in Tobruk in the east and the GNC in the east. However, no members were authorized by either parliament to sign the document. Neither parliament has approved the document. The Libya dialogue began over a year ago and was designed to have representatives from the two rival governments and other stakeholders reach a political agreement that would see the two replaced by a unity government. No such agreement was ever reached in the sense that neither parliament approved the draft agreement. However the LPA signed in Skhirat has been widely supported including by the UN Security Council and later at a ministerial meeting in Rome.|
"We have three reservations about the draft, the first is about balance between the two parliaments, the second is about the high number of members of the Presidential Council, and the third is about security arrangements in which the General Staff and revolutionary fighters should be part of."Since there is no mention of Haftar, the draft signed in Skhirat must still place the role of commander in chief of the Libyan National Army in the hands of the Presidential Council. The GNC certainly does not expect Haftar to stay on as head. However, the GNC does worry that the Libyan National Army I presume will be the sole legitimate military force whereas the GNC wants their forces to play some role. Abdul-Sadiq also noted that those who signed the Skhirat agreement did not represent the GNC only themselves. He also said that the prime minister designate of the GNA Fayaz Sirraj was welcome in Tripoli but simply as a Libyan national. This is a clear rejection of him as a prime minister of the GNA.
....also confirmed the GNC's support for security arrangements of the Libyan dialogue, and commitment of the GNC to secure a safe environment in Tripoli for a concord government that meets both rival parties' approval first...Those who signed the Skhirat agreement were not appointed by the GNC. The only members appointed officially to sign any agreement are the dialogue team ones headed by the First Deputy President of the GNC, knowing that there is no majority consensus on approving the signed draft, as claimed by others.In other words, the GNC approves security arrangements but not for the present LPA or GNA but for one that does not exist and is unlikely to ever exist.