Ghassan Salame said on Twitter that he had “sought for two and a half years to unite Libyans, prevent foreign intervention and preserve the unity of the country”, but “my health no longer allows me to take this much stress”.
„Es gibt in Libyen keine Akzeptanz für ausländische Truppen. Ich sehe in der internationalen Gemeinschaft auch nicht die Bereitschaft, Truppen zu entsenden“, sagte er der „Welt“. Der UN-Sonderbeauftragte für Libyen fügte hinzu: „Ich strebe darum keine solche militärische Operation an.“
Since he took up the UN special representative for Libya post two years ago, Salamé has repeatedly called on foreign powers to stop interfering in the conflict in the North African nation. He repeated his call on the eve of the Berlin conference, but the sheer size of the participant list – which includes the five permanent UN Security Council members as well as regional players – belies the fact that no one is really listening to Salamé.
In a statement to Reuters on Saturday, Salame said that if the matter is not resolved today, it will be discussed on Sunday in the Berlin summit.