Sons of Libya Group Issue Open Letter to UN Secretary-General to Withdraw Recognition of Presidential Council and the GNA – Al Marsad

Sons of Libya Group issue an urgent Open Letter to the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, calling the UN to withdraw recognition of the Presidential Council and the Government of National Accord (GNA). Al Marsad publishes below the full text of the Open Letter:


[ Statement No.18 ]



His Excellency Mr. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations

Your Excellency,

Further to our best greetings,

We, the Sons of Libya Group, a pan-Libya group of intellectuals, political activists, and media workers, hereby submit this proposal to Your Excellency, for your urgent perusal and consideration. We call upon the United Nations to withdraw its recognition of Libya’s Presidential Council and its Government of National Accord for several reasons; the most important of which are the following:

  1. The Presidential Council is not elected, and has not been appointed or endorsed by an elected body. It does not reflect the will of the people, which is the basis for legitimacy.
  2. The Presidential Council has twice failed to win the vote of confidence of the members of the elected legislative body, the Libyan House of Representatives (HoR), for its government. Moreover, the members of the Government of National Accord have not been sworn in before the elected Libyan House of Representatives (HoR).
  3. The Presidential Council lost all the lawsuits against it in the Libyan courts, which, in several cases, ruled that the Presidential Council has no legal capacity, and that its decisions, actions, and procedures are all void and invalid, and thus are considered economic crimes that do not fall into the statute of limitation.
  4. The Presidential Council has lost one third of its members through either resignations or boycotting; thus it issues resolutions without the consensus stipulated in the Skhirat Libyan Political Agreement. The absence of a third of the members of the Presidential Council means it does not exist as a fait accompli.
  5. According to the Skhirat Libyan Political Agreement (which has never been included in the Constitutional Declaration), the tenure of the Presidential Council is for one year, renewable for another year at most. The tenure of the Presidential Council has been extended to almost four years now without any legal or consensual basis.
  6. The Presidential Council exercises its effective authority on less than 2% of the Libyan territories, and less than 1% of Libya’s natural resources and wealth. Notwithstanding, it takes advantage of international recognition to control 100% of the Libyan people’s financial resources by fully acquiring the international signatures of the Central Bank of Libya through its Governor who has been twice dismissed by the Libyan House of Representatives (HoR), and exceeded his stipulated term in office by years.
  7. The fact that the Presidential Council is not subject to any oversight by, or accountability to, the legislative authority, the Libyan House of Representatives (HoR), led the Presidential Council to acquire, spend, and squander public funds without endorsement or approval of the elected Libyan House of Representatives (HoR).
  8. The Presidential Council was involved in using the public funds of the Libyan people to finance terrorist groups linked to Al-Qaeda and ISIS such as the Benghazi Defense Brigades, and the Derna Shura Council, and others.
  9. The Presidential Council, without any constitutional mandate whatsoever, and without the approval of Libyan House of Representatives, signed bilateral agreements with several foreign countries; the content of such agreements is vague, and the binding entitlements and commitments are suspicious.
  10. The Presidential Council surprised us a few days ago by announcing the launch of a 10 billion Euro subway project in Tripoli, while the Presidential Council has actually failed to address exacerbated problems such as the shortage of cash in the local banks to cover the salaries of the public sector’s employees, and the continuous power outages that the citizens suffer from for long hours, not to mention the ongoing deterioration of public services.

The continued recognition by the United Nations of the Presidential Council, and its unconstitutional Government of National Accord (GNA), will put the United Nations in the position of responsibility for the suffering of the Libyan people, as well as the squander of its financial resources.

For all of the above, it is high time for the United Nations to apply the international standards pertaining to the recognition of the executive authorities of its member states, on the Presidential Council and its Government of National Accord, and to respect the Libyan Constitutional Declaration and the rulings of the Libyan courts; the time has come for the Security Council to withdraw the UN recognition of the Presidential Council, and to correct its mistake in the Resolution No. 2259, which has inflicted serious damage on the Libyan people and has caused an unprecedented waste of Libya’s resources.

We also inform Your Excellency that we will exert our best efforts at the chairmanship level of the Libyan House of Representatives (HoR), the legislative body that was elected by the Libyan people, to urge the parliament to adopt this proposal and formally submit it to Your Excellency.

Kindly, Your Excellency, the Secretary-General, accept our highest esteem and appreciation.


(1) – Ibrahim Dabbashi

(2) – Aref Ali Nayed

(3) – Mohamed Tawfiq Ghoneim

(4) – Ali Hamouda Hassan

(5) – Mohamed Saad Imbarak

(6) – Al-Mabrouk Said Sultan

(7) – Abu Bakr Mohamed Ermila

(8) – Maari Aguila Shuerbat

(9) – Abdul Rahim Al-Janjan

(10) – Farida Mohammed Al-Zlitni

(11) – Ali Said Al-Barghathi

(12) – Laila Abou Seif Yassin

(13) – Khalid Ali Adarnabah

(14) – Mohamed Ahmed Deira

(15) – Mohamed Salem Imbarak

(16) – Meftah Faraj Saleh Shanbour

(17) – Amal Mohamed Al-Werfalli

(18) – Ali Mohamed Yahya Alrgaei

(19) – Tariq Mohamed Al-Kish

(20) – Abdullah Mohamed Al-Rabo

(21) – Issam Saleh Al-Tajouri

(22) – Abdel Moneim Al-Yaseer

(23) – Fawzi Mohamed Al-Ghanay

(24) – Firas Bou Saloum

(25) – Abdul-Aali Anwar Al-Drissi

(26) – Salem Boujanat

(27) – Fadwa Ghaith Gaddoura

(28) – Khadija Ibrahim Al-Soudany

(29) – Hajar Mohamed Al-Gayed

(30) – Mahmoud Saleh Mahmoud

(31) – Laila Nouri Irgayeg

(32) – Majdi Hamed Mohamed Najm

(33) – Salma Al-Shaab

(34) – Fahad Fawzi Al-Aradi

(35) – Salma Ahmed Al-Shaab

(36) – Khadija Mahmoud Al-Amami

(37) – Mustapha Mohamed Ali Mustapha

(38) – Mustafa Mohammed Ali Kambraki

(39) – Abu Bakr Aguila Al-Shargawi

(40) – Fatima Mahmoud

(41) – Ali Younis Al-Subaihi

(42) – Mohamed Mabrouk Bougaigis

(43) – Nabil Abdullah Al-Shaaeri

(44) – Ahmed Saleem Al-Fitouri

(45) – Fayrouz Al-Madani

(46) – Ahmed Mansour Al-Allagi

(47) – Samy Mohamed Emara

(48)- Mohammed Al-Sagheer Al-Madani

(49) – Shawqi Khaled Najm

(50) – Ezzedine Ali Ghaith Al-Regaibi

(51) – Emadeldin Al-Nayeb

(52) – Mohamed Rajab Al-Masei

(53) – Seraj Omar Bougaigis

(54) – Jumaa Abdul Qader Alregaibi

(55) – Nayef Abdelghani Al-Hassi

(56) – Ezzeldin Imhemad Sabra

(57) – Al-Sadiq Al-Basheer Al-Sadiq Al-Rabty

(58) – Maryam Hammad

(59) – Mohamed Amer Al-Abany

(60) – Ali Omar Al-Tekbali

(61) – Mustapha Bashir Al-Hadi Berri

(62) – Faisal Abou Nakhaila

(63) – Rasheed Mudtapha Besaikry

(64) – Younis Mohamed Abdullah Al-Enezi

(65) – Abdel Majeed Mohamed Al-Mansouri

(66) – Mohamed Mukhtar Al-Ghanaiy

(67) – Fathi Jamal Idris

(68) – Abdel Aali Anwar Al-Drissi


[Libya, 7 August 2019]