High Council of State’s member warns of going back to square one in Libya’s crisis

HCS member Abdelrahman Al-Shater and UNSMIL Head Ghassan Salame. [Photo: Libyan Express]
The member of the High Council of State (HCS) Abdelrahman Al-Shater said things in Libya could go back to square one after the “failed coup on legitimacy that is being led by Khalifa Haftar.”

Al-Shater told Libyan Express on Saturday that several Arab and European countries are playing a double standards game in Libya by saying on media that they are with the internationally-recognized government and peace process under the UNSMIL and then acting otherwise by supporting a military grab of power led by Haftar.

“There can be no other political opportunity for the parties who are trying to lead a coup against legitimacy and who have so far caused destruction and killed as well as injured hundreds of people on the outskirts of Tripoli.” Al-Shater explained.

He indicated that despite the fact that the UNSMIL always says it is trying to fulfill the needs of Libyans for democracy, it is still working in line with the agendas of the countries which are after their own gains in Libya.

“Part of the deals the UNSMIL was backing had been power haring between two parties, it was not what the Libyans aspired for, thus any talks about returning to the political process with the party that is leading a military coup against legitimacy and democracy in Libya would be illogical.” Al-Shater further explained.

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