Turning a "blind eye to terrorism" in Libya, unacceptable says senior envoy

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Agila Saleh Essa, President of the House of Representatives of Libya. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

A senior Libyan envoy has told the international community that "turning a blind eye to terrorism" in Libya is "unacceptable."

Addressing the UN General Assembly, the Speaker of the House of Representatives in Libya, Agila Essa Saleh, said the international community must either be willing to impose sanctions against those who hinder Libya's political process, or say clearly that Libyans have to face terrorism alone.

In his address, Mr Essa urged the Friends of Libya, an international support group, for concrete assistance.

(Arabic, followed by English interpretation)
"We need to have a serious stand by the Friends of Libya to help reinstitute the army and provide it with the necessary means to stop the fighting among brothers, and assist in the fight to combat terrorism and extremism, which form a broad front stretching from Iraq to Algeria."  (25″)

The senior official cautioned that a failure to provide arms and training to the Libyan army in its war against terrorism would further destabilize the country, threatening regional relations and global peace.

He also called for the international community's help to regain control over the capital, Tripoli, and ensure the withdrawal of armed groups from State institutions.

The North African country has suffered instability since the overthrow three years ago of  former President Muammar al-Qadhafi.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

Duration:  1’35″


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