Ghassan Salamé pitches for replacement in political bodies, condemns foreign interference
The Paris-based Lebanese academic Ghassan Salamé earlier served as the Lebanese Minister of Culture from 2000 to 2003. He was appointed Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, replacing Martin Kobler on June 22, 2017. He earlier was also the Dean of the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) and professor of International Relations at Sciences Po.
Ghassan Salamé condemned foreign meddling in the country's internal affairs. He said that 2011 was not the best scenario to deal with the situation in Libya. According to him, plenty of foreign interferences in Libyan affairs have been observed in recent years, which is not only harmful its sovereignty, it also undeniably raises doubts about its independence.
On the other hand, he also stressed on the unprecedented insecurity due to theft, killing and kidnapping of foreign workers. "We will work hard to make security arrangements, mediate between different parties and if possible resort to sanctions if needed in various parts of Libya, specifically the south," Salamé said.
He also pointed out the requirement to hold a national conference for the Libyans to express their desires "to be transformed by the UN Security Council and the international community into resolutions binding to those who obstruct all our efforts," as reported by CTGN Africa. However, he is ready to tackle Libya during a meeting at the Security Council on Friday.
According to him, the current political leadership in Libya including the House of Representatives, High Council of State and the Presidential Council require replacement.