By Libya Herald reporter.
Tunis, 20 January 2017:
UN special envoy Martin Kobler has voiced his frustration at an illicit video recording of a private meeting he held with Presidency Council (PC) deputy Ali Al-Gatrani in Malta yesterday.
It is unclear who took the video, which has been highly edited to create the illusion that Kobler was under constant attack amid a barrage of personal allegations when, in actual fact, much more was said between the two sides. It is also not known who released the footage.
“Not pleased by secret recording and publication of confidential meeting with Ali Gatrani. Internal should remain internal. Not fair play!” Kobler later tweeted.
Kobler had initially been very positive about the meeting with Gatrani and two House of Representative (HoR) members in Malta. Although he described the discussions as “lively,” he was nonetheless said to be happy they had taken place and that the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) had been accepted as the only framework.
Gatrani, who is boycotting the Faiez Serraj-led PC, apparently pushed Kobler to back a return to the fourth draft of the LPA. This would see key appointments, such as senior military officials being made by parliament, not the PC. It also envisages a three member PC, rather than the current nine members.