By Saber Ayyub.
Tripoli, 25 March . . .[restrict]2015:
In a letter to General Secretary of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, representatives from nine municipalities loyal to Libya Daw, mainly mayors, are reported to have called on the UN to indict Mahmoud Jibril, the leader of the National Forces Alliance and prime minister in the immediate aftermath of the revolution, as a “war criminal”.
The mayors claim that Jibril has obstructed the UN-brokered dialogue process, alleging that he was deliberately trying to deepen the rift between the continuing General National Congress (GNC) and the House of Representatives (HoR) by his partiality to the latter and support of Khalifa Hafter. They also complained that his presence in Brussels during the municipal representatives’ meeting organised by the UN was a deliberate attempt to sabotage the talks.
A copy of the letter signed by the mayors or representatives of Central Tripoli, Misrata, Sebha, Abu Sleem, Ghariyan, Ghat, Nalut, Sabratha and Suq Al-Juma, who were attending the dialogue talks, indicate that they were expecting others to sign it.
For his part, Jibril said yesterday during a phone call with Al-Dawlia satellite channel (which he co-owns) that his presence in Brussels had nothing to do with the mayors’ meetings and that he had been invited to an annual conference in the city hosted by the German Marshall Fund.
Moreover, Jibril insisted that he had backed the national dialogue from the beginning. However, he maintained that certain “national principles” had to be upheld in the process — such as the values set forth by the 17 February Revolution and the legitimacy of the elected House of Representatives (HoR) as the sole legislative body of the Libyan people.
Jibril also said that he had had a phone call from US Ambassador Deborah Jones and that during a lengthy conversation, she indicated that there had been suggestions among some European ambassadors of putting him and HoR President Ageela Saleh Gwaider on the UN sanctions list because of their obstruction of the peace talks. Shortly after the call, he said he received another from UN Special Envoy to Libya Bernadino Leon who, he said, confirmed that he was at risk of being added to the sanctions list.
The following is a list of the municipalities represented by the nine mayors: Central Tripoli, Misrata, Sabratha, Sebha, Ghariyan, Abu Sleem, Ghat, Nalut, Suq Al-Juma