It is a sad reality, but people of Libya are now feeling abandoned by a part of the international community and still, exploited by others- this was the message communicated by the UN envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame to the Security Council recently.
Salame, who is the UN secretary-general’s special representative for Libya has urged for international support for a further cessation of hostilities and opportunity for renewed dialogue in Libya.
He has communicated a general feeling that is emerging from the war-torn country. “Without the unequivocal support of the Security Council and the broader international community for an immediate end to the Libyan conflict, Libya is faced with ‘two highly unpalatable scenarios’.”
In Salame’s assessment, one possibility could be a persistent and protracted low intensity conflict which will see continued fratricide amongst the Libyans, the immiseration of the population and exposure of the vulnerable migrant and refugee community to further depredations, more destruction of the country’s already battered infrastructure, and a growing transnational terrorist threat.”
The other scenario, he perceived to be is that of “a doubling down of military support to one side or the other by their external patrons, resulting in a sharp escalation that will assuredly plunge the entire region into chaos.”
The UN attempt to end the war that started in 2011 has had a bad impact on April 2019. The attempted truce ended into a violent eruption of an assault on the southern outskirts of the capital Tripoli by the forces of the Libyan National Army (LNA) and forces loyal to the UN-backed government of national accord.
The situation in instability has become the status quo.
On the side of the tabled discussions amongst members of the security council, several countries, such as Kuwait, South Africa, Indonesia, and Germany could be seen complaining. They were bickering about what they called interference in that country’s affairs and repeated violations in the past five months of an arms embargo imposed on Libya in 2011.
Meanwhile, the major players and members of the Security Council sit on the fence. The US, Russia, France, and Britain have avoided giving speeches at the discussion, probably saving their chance for a closed-door session to be held after the public one has ended.