Libya rejects UN guard force plan: UN official

Libya rejects UN guard force plan: UN official
# 17 December 2013 21:26 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Libya rejected the UN Security Council plan to send a 235-strong guard force for protecting UN mission in the Libyan capital city of Tripoli, UN Special Representative in Libya and head of UN Support Mission in Libya ( UNSMIL) Tarek Mitri announced on Tuesday, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

Speaking at a press conference at UN Information centre in Tripoli, Mitri said "the format and size of the guard unit is currently under review, so as to calm some worries and avoid any tendency towards unfounded explanations and assumptions, as well as avoid overstating the significance of an ordinary measure," according to the statement released by UNSMIL.

Mitri added that the UN Security Council's plan, announced on late November, came amid popular discontent raised in Libya, after the bloodbath occurred in the capital during the peaceful protests against the eviction of the armed group from the capital.

He explained "Regardless of the motives behind the mentioned reactions and the misunderstanding on which they were based, they have expressed the concerns of some groups that should be taken into account."

Mitri stressed "the task of the guard unit is of limited scope, and that its establishment is an ordinary measure taken by diplomatic missions and is in accordance with the provisions of the Status of Mission Agreement signed with the Libyan Government. "

During the press conference, Mitri also greeted Libyan institutions for their commitment to the democratic development of the country.

He said that a number of Security Council members referred to the possibility of transforming the current political crisis and security instability into an opportunity that would allow Libya to proceed with its transition towards state building, establishing the rule of law, ensuring stability, promoting human rights and addressing livelihood issues.

However, Mitri said that on the other hand, some other members noted the risks associated with the deterioration in the security situation as well as the impact of the proliferation of weapons, including of those considered most lethal, and called for an urgent action on such issues.

More than two years after the end of the 2011 uprising, Libyan authorities are still struggling to assure the rule of the law and the establishment of the nation security forces as tens of militias formed during the fighting in 2011 in the North Africa weapon awash country.

The election of the Constitutional Assembly, which will draft the Libyan future constitution, is considered one of the millstone to build the democratic state on top.

However, the low turnout at the voter registration process still underway and the boycott of the Libyan ethnic minority group of Amazigh may postpone the achievement of the constitution for longer.