Agielah Saleh: We will not return to Skhirat.. meeting between Al-Sarraj and Haftar is impossible

Alwasat - Cairo Tue 18 Jun 2019, 11:21 AM
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The speaker of Libya's House of Representatives, Ageilah Saleh, has refused to return to the political agreement signed in Skhirat, Morocco at the end of 2015.

Saleh said in an interview with the Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper on Monday, that if the political path in Libya "from the beginning was wrong, then the end is certainly going to be wrong," considering that the political agreement and the Government of  National Accord "was imposed by an international agreement and not according to the choice of the Libyan people." He also considered that the international resolutions on Libya "that have been imposed are unjustified."

He added that "the Libyan people did not delegate those who participated in the Skhirat agreement and that legitimacy is granted by the people and not from abroad."

The speaker of the House of Representatives considered that "these mistakes led to the delay of the political solution in Libya." He said: "We will not go back to the subject of Skhirat, so that the crisis will not remain for years, but we want to go to the elections."

He noted that "85% of the Libyan people are for elections," which he emphasized was "the only way to resolve the crisis."

Saleh called for holding the elections "without interference from the international community," because Libya "is in a delicate and pivotal stage and can not afford to postpone and go back on a track that has been proven to be a failure." 

He predicted that the House of Representatives would hold the elections "at the beginning of next year[..] after the liberation of the capital, we have a tendency to form a national government that includes representatives from all of Libya, to meet the necessary needs for citizens, then preparing for the elections," Saleh said.

On the possibility of the United States success in completing a meeting between Haftar and Al-Sarraj, Saleh said that "the consensus is a meeting between Haftar and Al-Sarraj is impossible, especially after the killing of the Libyan, which the head of the Presidential Council is responsible for ordering."

On his relationship with UN envoy Ghassan Salamé, Saleh said "We have advised him to correct the course." Adding: "He is committed to the unity government, which is not considered a party to the dialogue," calling on him to "change his policies or for the United Nations to appoint a new envoy."

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