Note to correspondents from UNSMIL Spokesperson regarding inaccurate reports attributed to the Special Representative Ghassan Salame
8 September, 2017 - UNSMIL categorically denies circulated news reports claiming that the UN plans to deploy a UN peacekeeping force to Libya.
The Special Representative has repeatedly said that UNSMIL is progressively returning to Libya, increasing its staff presence including security personnel who are tasked with only guarding the UN staff inside the UN compound in Tripoli.
UNSMIL is a political mission and its mandate, as set by the UN Security Council, does not allow the presence of a peacekeeping force (or as mentioned Blue Helmets) to operate in Libya.
UNSMIL reiterates its full commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity and unity of Libya.