January 23 - Libyan Tribes Protest Against UN


Jan 23, 2024. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas

The Libyan Tribal Union held a protest on Sunday, in front of the United Nations Mission (UNSMIL) headquarters in Tripoli.

The protest aimed to express dissatisfaction with the deteriorating conditions in Libya, due to the decisions and actions of the UN and its Envoy, Abdoulaye Bathily.

During the demonstration, several speeches were delivered, addressing the negative impact of UN decisions and actions on the situation in Libya.

These statements were presented before the UNSMIL representative, who attentively listened to the grievances.

Concluding the protest, a statement outlining the directives and demands of the Libyan tribes was read aloud, and handed over to the UN Mission.

Last week, Libyan MP, Ali Al-Soul expressed scepticism towards Bathily’s initiative, stating that it was “not accepted by Libyan factions, and further intensified the current political stalemate.”

Al-Soul claimed that international power struggles over Libya have impeded the political process. He stated that Bathily was “sent to obstruct the elections following international dissatisfaction with the agreement between the Libyan Parliament and the High Council of State (HCS).”

The MP argued that “calls for a comprehensive conference, similar to the Geneva meeting, would likely result in the same government, marked by favouritism, corruption, and plunder.”

He reiterated that the position of the Parliament, rejecting the participation of Prime Minister Abdel-Hamid Dbaiba, remains unchanged, with conditions still on the table.

He affirmed that if Dbaiba were to participate, the Libyan Parliament-designated government must also be involved.

Earlier, Saad Bin Sharada, a member of Libya’s HCS openly criticized Bathily, accusing him of obstructing Libya’s electoral process. In a televised interview, Sharada alleged that Bathily’s initiatives are “extending the ongoing crisis, and causing further confusion in the Libyan political landscape.”

He expressed his concerns over Bathily’s new dialogue proposal, claiming it “serves to complicate the situation and prolong the transitional phase.” He accused Bathily of “acting in the interests of major global powers, especially the United States, which is not keen on a swift resolution to the Libyan crisis”, the Libyan media write.