UN mission in Libya warns against misrepresentation of envoy's statements

Source: Xinhua| 2019-09-10 05:56:11|Editor: yan
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TRIPOLI, Sept. 9 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Monday warned against misrepresentation of statements of the UN Envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame.

"The UNSMIL warns against the repeated misrepresentation ... of the statements made by the head of the mission and the special representative of the UN secretary-general, as happened again," UNSMIL tweeted.

The mission called on all to "be more professional in conveying facts and statements."

Local media, citing Salame's remarks made to a French newspaper, reported that the eastern-based army demanded sovereign positions in exchange for a possible withdrawal of its forces from southern Tripoli.

Local media also reported that the UN envoy has considered the eastern-based army's campaign to take over Tripoli as "a personal insult to him and to the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres."

The UN-backed government has been engaged in a deadly armed conflict in and around Tripoli since early April against the eastern-based army, which is trying to take over the city and overthrow the UN-backed government.

The eastern-based army, led by Khalifa Haftar, is allied with the eastern-based government, as the North African nation is politically divided between eastern and western governments.

Libya has been suffering escalating violence and political instability ever since the fall of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.