President Vella meets UN Representative; discusses Libya situation

Credit: Omar Camilleri

President George Vella met with Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya Ghassan Salamé, at the President’s Palace in Attard. The President stated that the current situation in Libya is causing distress and unnecessary suffering.

The two sides went over the current state of affairs in Libya, with President Vella stressing that a political solution, involving all stakeholders including the people of Libyan, must be found to ensure peace and stability in the country. It is believed that this would not only be in the interest of Libya, but also for Europe and all of the North of Africa.

“Imperative that the current situation is addressed”

President Vella opined that it is the Libyan population itself that should decide the future of its country through a peace process facilitated by the United Nations. It is imperative that the current humanitarian situation is addressed.

On his part, Salamé gave President Vella a detailed account of developments on the ground as they were happening in the last months, as well as his own assessment of the regional and international implications of the situation.

In his concluding remarks, President Vella assured Malta’s support to the invaluable work that Salamé and his Office are doing in Libya and within the United Nations fora and reminded Salamé of Malta’s readiness to assist in achieving peace and stability in Libya.