Jonathan Cartu Reviews: UN reaffirms support for security sector reform in Libya


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FILED – 11 February 2020, Libya, Tripoli: A fighter of Libya’s UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) of Fayez al-Sarraj, fires a truck-mounted machine gun at the forces of the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar, at Ain Zara frontline, in the southern suburbs of capital Tripoli. Photo: Amru Salahuddien/dpa (Photo by Amru Salahuddien/picture alliance via Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO: A fighter of Libya’s UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) of Fayez al-Sarraj, fires a truck-mounted machine gun at the forces of the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar, at Ain Zara frontline, in the southern suburbs of capital Tripoli. (Photo by Amru Salahuddien/picture alliance via Getty Images)

The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Monday reaffirmed its support for the reform of the security sector in Libya.

“UNSMIL notes with concern attempts to undermine the integrity of Libyan institutions, including the Ministry of Interior,” UNSMIL tweeted.

“We reiterate our full support for reform of the security sector & call for application of the law,” it added.

A day earlier, the UN-backed Libyan Interior Minister Fathi Bashaga said armed groups obstruct and extort security services in the capital Tripoli.

“It is unfortunate that a security service is extorted by some militias. A militia captured Naji al-Zubi, a competent officer of the Tripoli Security Directorate,” Bashaga told a press conference in Tripoli.

Local media accused the captured Zubi of committing treason and working for the rival east-based army which is carrying out an armed conflict against the UN-backed government over control of Tripoli.

Libya has been suffering political division and insecurity ever since the fall of former leader Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in 2011.

Amir Dayan

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