Country Report Libya
- ID: 2101513
- November 2015
- Region: Libya
- 25 Pages
- The Economist Intelligence Unit
A second batch of leaked e-mail exchanges, allegedly between senior UAE diplomats, suggests that the UAE has been supplying weapons to its allies in the Libyan civil war in defiance of a UN arms embargo.
Martin Kobler, who replaced Bernardino León as UN special envoy to Libya in mid-November, will now have to work extra hard to win back the trust of Libyans in the UN peace process. The leak of the e-mails-excerpts of which were published by the New York Times-follows an earlier controversy over the close relationship between Mr León and the UAE while he was leading the UN-brokered peace talks between Libya's rival governments. The e-mails state that "the UAE violated the UN Security Council Resolution on Libya and continues to do so". For his part, Mr León called for clarification from the UAE authorities, adding that "given the inaccurate or false information we have seen in previous months regarding the process in Libya and the UN and my role, I believe it is imperative to be extremely cautious about the most recent reports".
The latest leak will cast further doubt on the integrity of the UN-backed peace talks, which have been led by Mr León for over a year, starting in late 2014. It will add to suspicions by the General National Congress (GNC, a predominantly Islamist parliament in Tripoli, western Libya) that the organisers of the UN-backed peace talks were in much closer contact with the House of Representatives (HoR, the rival parliament, located in Tobruq, eastern Libya) and their international backers than they were with the Tripoli-based authorities. The UAE has long been one of the key players in Libya's conflict; in August 2014 the US accused the UAE of carrying out air strikes targeted at Libya Dawn, a coalition of Islamist militias supportive of the GNC, from bases in Egypt. It has also provided financial support to the HoR-backed government in the eastern Libyan city of Bayda. SHOW LESS READ MORE >