UN Security Council gives its blessing to questionable self-empowerment of GNA
The UN Security Council has now issued a press release that gives its blessing to decisions of the GNA applauded by the UN which now recognize the GNA as the sole legitimate government of Libya.
|The release on the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) website starts out:|
The members of the Security Council welcomed the meeting of the Libyan Political Dialogue on 10 March 2016, which reaffirmed its commitment to uphold the Libyan Political AgreementWhat commitment? There have already been numerous violations of the LPA. The UN takes no notice.
The members of the Security Council noted that the Political Dialogue valued the declaration signed by a majority of the members of the House of Representatives on 23 February announcing their support for the Government of National Accord.Of course it is not quite politically correct to say that they consider this actually equivalent to HoR approval and are acting as if it gave legitimacy to claim the GNA is now the actual government of Libya, as far as the UN and international community are concerned. Even the crassest power politics must pretend to observe the rules. The UN "notes" that the Political Dialogue "valued the declaration." In reality the letter is used as a substitute for the HoR vote of confidence. Nothing in the statement notes that at least three of the signatories denied they signed. However, one must keep up the proper appearances.
The members of the Security Council echoed the call made by the Political Dialogue for the House of Representatives to uphold its responsibilities in implementing all relevant provisions of the Libyan Political Agreement and for the Presidency Council to take steps to rapidly start working from the capital, Tripoli, in accordance with the security arrangements in the Agreement.The UN cannot bring itself to simply say that the HoR must hold a vote of confidence in the GNA for this would make it too clear what must be done. Instead there is a resort to a vague general phrase "to uphold its responsibilities in in implementing all relevant provisions of the Libyan Political Accord." These include not just the vote of confidence but also an amendment to the Constitutional Declaration of 2011 to incorporate the GNA and give it a legal basis in the constitution. That has not happened even if the letter is regarded as an equivalent of the HoR vote of confidence. The UN will not mention key items such as that.
The members of the Security Council reiterated their concern about the growing terrorist threat in Libya, in particular from groups proclaiming allegiance to Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) and groups affiliated with Al Qaeda, and called on the Government of National Accord to urgently focus on combating this threat.Note that not only the Islamic State is regarded as terrorist but groups affiliated with Al Qaeda which would include Ansar Al-Sharia. This group belongs in some Shura Councils which the GNC supports. The statement does not rule out other groups being considered terrorist as well. Khalifa Haftar considers all the militia associated with the GNC as terrorists and his Operation Dignity is designed to defeat them militarily. This is another fact typically ignored in most reports on Libya.