Ghassan Salamé denies resigning from UN post under "international pressure"

Alwasat - Cairo Thu 15 Oct 2020, 05:50 PM
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The former head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, Ghassan Salame, denied that his resignation last March was under international pressure.

Salama said in an interview with "France 24," that he decided to resign due to a health problem that forced him to hospital and home isolation due to the coronavirus.

The former UN envoy indicated that the situation was never conducive to resolving the Libyan crisis at the time of taking office, saying that the hypocrisy of states had reached an almost unbearable level in Libya.

Salameh explained that the countries that participated in the Berlin conference on the Libyan crisis, all signed and accepted a decision to prevent the sending of weapons, mercenaries or their aircraft to it, but they did not comply and did the opposite.

The Lebanese diplomat expressed his pride in what his colleagues in the UN mission did and are still doing despite the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, especially after oil production returned to Libya at a rate of 340,000  barrels per day.

On March 12, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, announced the appointment of Stephanie Williams as the acting representative of the United Nations, and the head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, "until the appointment of a successor to the resigning UN envoy Salame."

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