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UNSMIL Denies Formation of Multinational Force to Intervene in Libya

2013-03-31 – www.sherwestravel.com

Amid growing suspicion among Libyans that foreign intervention is the main factor behind the slowness of establishing strong national army, police force and the emergence of strong central government, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) denies social media reports of allegations about the formation of multinational force to intervene in Libya.

Amid growing suspicion among Libyans regarding the role of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, UNSMIL, in a statement the mission’s office in Tripoli denied reports published by social media networks in the country of allegations about the formation of a multinational force to intervene in Libya.

In the statement on Friday that was obtained by obtained by The Tripoli Post,UNSMIL said “the UN mission unequivocally and totally denies such fabricated and untrue news.”

There have been no comments on the matter by Libyan officials as yet.

Rumours have been circulating in Libya that foreign intervention is behind the slowness of establishing strong national army and police force that also prevents the emergence of strong central government.

The UNSMIL’s statement added that the UN mission in Libya “reminds that [it] is very eager with regard to respecting the national sovereignty.”

The UN mission concluded by saying that it “carries out its duties by providing technical advice to the Libyan government, as needed, and supporting efforts leading to building new Libya, especially in the fields of institutionalization, strengthening the role of law, human rights protection and coordinating international aid.”

Observers maintain that given the UNSMIL strong mandate in running all aspects of political, security and strategic planning of Libya’s future it is not surprising to find Libyan individuals or organisations demanding that UNSMIL and other powers must be held accountable for the lack of progress in terms of returning Libya back to normality and the starting of the process of rebuilding.

The same observers point to the fact that while oil production has returned back to its pre-uprising levels within less than seven months after the fall of Tripoli on August 20, 2011, there has been no progress with regard to the establishment of the rule of law and security that can only be achieved when there is a strong central government and disciplined national army.

“If one was to grade the performance of UNSMIL in Libya since its establishment on September 16, 2011, a huge red “F” would be shining on all its blue books,” a professor of international law, who like many others, would not be named told The Tripoli Post.

In its Resolution 2040 (12 March 2012), article 6, the Security Council tasked the UN mission in Libya, in full accordance with the principles of national ownership, to assist the Libyan authorities to define national needs and priorities throughout Libya, and to match these with offers of strategic and technical advice where appropriate.

“For UNSMIL to say it is doing its work in Libya when it does not help in establishing a strong national army that is led by army officers with integrity and total loyalty to the homeland is an unfortunate reality that opens the way for deep suspicion on the part of the Libyan people of the whole UN scheme,” the international law professor stressed.

 
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