UN Security Council responds positively to Libya's request to audit national finance

Source: Xinhua| 2018-07-17 06:24:58|Editor: yan
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TRIPOLI, July 16 (Xinhua) -- The UN Security Council has given positive response to the request of the UN-backed Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Serraj to form an international committee to audit the country's finances, according to the Libyan government spokesman on Monday.

"The Security Council responded positively to the letter it received from the Prime Minister Serraj to form an international technical committee to audit the expenses, revenues and transactions of the Central Banks in Tripoli and in al-Bayda (eastern Libya)," Spokesman Mohamed al-Sallak told a press conference on Monday.

Serraj last week called on the UN Security Council to form an international committee to audit the financial transactions of the country's two divided central banks, following accusations from the eastern-based army on the government of financially supporting terrorist organizations by the Libyan oil revenues.

"The mechanism of implementation of the international technical committee and how to execute its work are still under consultation now. Actions will be taken in this regard if agreed upon," Sallak said.

Despite signing a UN-sponsored peace agreement by the Libyan parties later in 2015, the country remains politically divided between two governments in the east and the west, including two divided central banks.

Ghassan Salame, UN special envoy to Libya, two days ago welcomed Serraj's demand for an international audit committee.

Shortly after Serraj's request, the army handed back four oil ports to the Tripoli-based government's National Oil Corporation, after the army took over the oil region from terrorist groups occupying it and then transferred the region to the eastern-based interim government instead of Serraj's government.

Libya has been plagued by insecurity and chaos since the 2011 uprising that toppled former leader Muammar Gaddafi's regime.