Nayed Meets with Aguila Saleh and then Salamé and Williams in Cairo – Al Marsad

The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Libya Institute for Advanced Studies (LIAS), Dr. Aref Ali Nayed, met in Cairo today with Dr Ghassan Salamé, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Libya, Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), and Stephanie T. Williams, Deputy UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Political Affairs in Libya. During the meeting, Dr. Nayed presented two official copies of the open letters sent recently by the Libya Institute for Advanced Studies (LIAS) to UNSMIL, warning against the two MOUs concluded by the Tripoli-based government with Ankara, and confirming their illegality and voidness.

Part of the meeting held on 17 December 2019 between Dr. Aref Ali Nayed and Dr Ghassan Salamé, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Libya, Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), and Stephanie T. Williams, Deputy UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Political Affairs in Libya.

[Libya, 17 December 2019] – The LIAS Chairman stressed the need to put an end to four years of unlawful and despotic perpetuation of GNA rule and monopoly of Libya’s financial capabilities and resources despite the fact that it is an unelected body that has never won the vote of confidence at the Parliament which was elected by the Libyan people.

Part of the meeting between Ambassador Aref Ali Nayed and the Libyan Parliament Speaker in Cairo, Chancellor Aguila Saleh.

Dr. Aref Ali Nayed met first in Cairo yesterday with the Speaker of the Libyan Parliament, Chancellor Aguila Saleh, to consult and inform him about the results of several meetings and international contacts that he has conducted over the past days that focused on reaffirming the legitimacy of the Libyan House of Representatives (HOR) and the government that emanated from it, the Libyan Interim Government (LIG), and its army, the Libyan National Army (LNA)—to elucidate to the international community the expiry of the mandate and the illegitimacy of the Government of National Accord (GNA) and its Presidential Council in view of the end of its official tenure two years ago, on the one hand, and, on the other hand, its failure to gain the vote of confidence from the Libyan legislature, the Libyan House of Representatives which is the sole legitimate representatives of the Libyan people.

It is noteworthy of mention that the Libya Institute for Advanced Studies (LIAS) has sent on December 14, 2019, the following letter:

 

OPEN LETTER BY THE LIBYA INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDIES (LIAS)

Date: 14.12.2019

H.E. Dr. Ghassan Salamé

Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Libya

 

Your Excellency,

Further to our best greetings,

Further to our previous Open Letters to UNSMIL, particularly our letter dated 4 August 2019, and our recent letter dated 28 November 2019, and in light of the following developments:

  • The demands submitted in the past few days to the United Nations, and to the League of Arab States, by His Excellency the Speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives, the elected and sole legitimate legislature in Libya, to withdraw international recognition of the Presidential Council and its Government of National Accord which has never been sworn in before, and has never won the confidence of the elected Libyan Parliament.The demands made in the past days by various groups of Libyan civil society and Libyan social and municipal councils to withdraw international recognition of the Presidential Council and its government.
  • The statements issued by the Greek Parliament and the Egyptian House of Representatives, affirming that the Libyan House of Representatives is the sole legitimate representative of the Libyan people.
  • And with the approach of 17 December 2019, which is the end date of the third annual renewal of the Presidential Council’s already expired tenure as per the Skhirat Libyan Political Agreement which stipulates that the tenure of the Presidential Council is for one year renewable for another year at most.
  • In view of the above, the Libya Institute for Advanced Studies requests from the United Nations to seriously and urgently consider not to grant an automated renewal to the Presidential Council and its government, given the completion of four years of unlawful and despotic continuation of its rule despite the fact that it is an unelected body that has never won the vote of confidence at the Parliament which was elected by the Libyan people. Thus, by 17 December 2019, the full and undiminished presidential powers must completely return to the presidency of the elected Libyan House of Representatives.

In light of the accelerated and dangerous measures taken by the Presidential Council and its government, as well as its sovereign institutions in the external, security, oil, banking, and investment fields, the work team of the Libya Institute for Advanced Studies, hereby, kindly requests a prompt notification of non-renewal of the tenure of the Presidential Council and its government, and to notify all member states of the United Nations not to enforce its decisions, agreements, and memoranda of understanding that it has haphazardly concluded or signed these days.

By and large, the sovereignty, capabilities and resources of the Libyan people are a great trust that must be respected, appreciated and preserved. Putting an end to the automatic renewal next Tuesday 17 December 2019, marking the end of the fourth year of the officially expired mandate of the Presidential Council and its government, is the best way to observe and maintain that trust.

Kindly accept our highest esteem and appreciation for taking this proposal into consideration sooner rather than later.

Dr. Aref Ali Nayed
Chairman of the Board of Directors

 

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