US-Russian rivalries over the trial of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi
The US ambassador and special envoy to Libya, Richard Norland, called yesterday for the “unification of the executive authority” in Libya through elections.
“There must be a unified Libyan government that controls all the country,” Norland said during his meeting in the capital, Tripoli, with Imad al-Sayeh, head of the High Electoral Commission, to see the extent of its readiness to hold “transparent and reliable” elections. and its base.
Meanwhile, US-Russian bickering continued over the case of Saif al-Islam, son of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi, after Richard Mills, the deputy US representative to the United Nations, during a briefing to the UN Security Council, demanded the Libyan authorities to hand over Saif al-Islam to the International Criminal Court. “The Libyan authorities did not cooperate in handing over Saif Gaddafi to the court in The Hague. This should happen as soon as possible.”
On the other hand, Georgy Kuzmen, Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the United Nations, demanded that the Libyan file be withdrawn from the Criminal Court, and considered that the Security Council has heard twice a year for 11 years to reports on the situation in Libya “without making progress.”