Saleh Asks Syllouris to Urge the EU to Withdraw its Recognition of the GNA – Al Marsad

Speaker of the Cypriot Parliament, Demetris Syllouris, received in his office on Saturday morning, the Speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives (HOR), Chancellor Aguila Saleh. The senior Libyan official arrived on the island on Friday afternoon, accompanied by a parliamentary delegation and senior military officials. 

[Libya, 28 December 2019] – The Media Adviser to the Speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives, Abdul Hamid al-Safi Afkiren, said in press statements in Nicosia that Chancellor Saleh briefed Syllouris on the developments in the Libyan crisis, the reality of the situation in Tripoli, and the external support the militias are receiving.

Afkiren added that the HOR Speaker asserted that, according to the Skhirat Libyan Political Agreement and the Constitutional Declaration, the mandate of the Government of National Accord (GNA) has officially expired, calling on the Cypriot Parliament to withdraw its recognition of the GNA on the basis of lack of legitimacy and failing to gain the vote of confidence in the parliament and its ceding of Libya’s sovereignty to foreign countries.

“It was agreed during the meeting of the two parliaments’ speakers to form a direct and permanent communication committee,” Afkiren added.

“The Speaker of the Cypriot Parliament affirmed that his country stands in solidarity with the Libyan people, expressing their rejection of the presence of terrorists in Libya and the foreign support they receive,” the Media Adviser to the Speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives continued.

“It was agreed to support the Parliament’s desire at the European Union’s level to withdraw recognition from the GNA and convey a message to the EU that the Libyan National Army is fighting terrorism on behalf of the world,” Afkiren concluded.

Following their meeting in Nicosia on Saturday morning, Saleh and Syllouris said in a joint statement that the recent signing of the maritime Memorandum of Understanding between Turkey and the Presidential Council of the Government of National Accord (GNA) was “a blatant violation of international law and lacked legal basis, as it ignores the provisions of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and has not been ratified by the Libyan House of Representatives.”

Press conference with the Speaker of the Cypriot Parliament, Demetris Syllouris, and the Speaker of the Libyan Parliament, Aguila Saleh today.

They said they opposed moves by the Turkish government, “which contribute to escalating tensions and destabilising the wider Mediterranean region.” They also reaffirmed the legitimacy of the elected House of Representatives.

© Al Marsad English (2019)