Aqila Saleh Addresses Letter to UN Secretary-General and UNSC

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The President of the Libyan House of Representatives (HoR), Aqila Saleh, wrote a letter to the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, and the permanent members of the UN Security Council to address Turkey’s interference in the Libyan conflict.

Saleh’s address comes after the Libyan National Army (LNA) lost several coastal cities to forces aligned with the Government of National Accord (GNA), who are heavily backed by Turkey. It is believed that Ankara is providing the Tripoli-based government with weapons and ammunition, foreign fighters and drones, as well as military advisors.

Saleh stressed that this interference in Libya’s domestic conflict represents a clear violation of international law and a complete disregard of the agreement reached by the UN-backed Berlin Conference that was held in Berlin earlier this year.

Saleh added that, as the only legitimate authority in Libya, the HoR demanded that the UN implement its arms embargo on Libya to stop further Turkish interference in the country and allow Libya to focus on the Covid-19 threat. The HoR President also requested that UN allow the LNA to legally obtain weapons in its fight against independent armed groups and extremists in Libya.