Ex-UN envoy: UNSC states backed Haftar's Tripoli attack

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In recent remarks, the UN's former Libya envoy denied any involvement of his mission in supporting an attack by renegade general Khalifa Haftar on the war-torn North African country's capital, accusing instead members of the UN Security Council of backing the campaign on Tripoli.


UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was on an official visit to Tripoli on April 4, 2019, when Haftar launched his military campaign to capture the city.

Guterres, instead of cutting his visit short due to the attack, then traveled to Benghazi in eastern Libya, where he met with Haftar, sparking concerns of possible UN support for Haftar's move.

However, special envoy Ghassan Selame on Wednesday shined light upon the controversy -- though belatedly -- and cleared Guterres's position to the world as he stressed the distinction between the UN and the UN Security Council (UNSC).

In an interview with the Switzerland-based Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, the Paris-born Lebanese diplomat -- who assumed his post as UN special envoy to Libya in June 2017 and resigned on March 2 -- criticized the UNSC's position in the Libyan conflict.

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Ex-UN envoy: UNSC states backed Haftar's Tripoli attack

2020/07/E0D3076E-1365-4F22-84A4-5DA2C5CA9317-1594214942.jpeg
Read: 635     17:57     08 July 2020    

In recent remarks, the UN's former Libya envoy denied any involvement of his mission in supporting an attack by renegade general Khalifa Haftar on the war-torn North African country's capital, accusing instead members of the UN Security Council of backing the campaign on Tripoli.


UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was on an official visit to Tripoli on April 4, 2019, when Haftar launched his military campaign to capture the city.

Guterres, instead of cutting his visit short due to the attack, then traveled to Benghazi in eastern Libya, where he met with Haftar, sparking concerns of possible UN support for Haftar's move.

However, special envoy Ghassan Selame on Wednesday shined light upon the controversy -- though belatedly -- and cleared Guterres's position to the world as he stressed the distinction between the UN and the UN Security Council (UNSC).

In an interview with the Switzerland-based Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, the Paris-born Lebanese diplomat -- who assumed his post as UN special envoy to Libya in June 2017 and resigned on March 2 -- criticized the UNSC's position in the Libyan conflict.

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