Ghassan Salame: The UN envoy who covertly worked in Libya for UAE

UN envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame has been put off the Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) advisory board after a formal complaint was filed by the Democracy and Human Rights Foundation (DHRF). The DHRF wrote to the United Nations Secretary-General and the United Nations Office for Internal Oversight to pull off an investigation into Salame’s financial and political alliance with the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The UAE, which is actively involved in the Libyan war by supplying advance weapons to the militias, has long-secured the services of the Special UN representatives to Libya. UAE’s breach of protocol has harmed the reputation of the UN in Libya, thereby leading to the demolition of a budding democracy.

Speaking on the matter, DHRF president Emadeddin Muntasser, said “Pursuing corruption within the United Nations is paramount to preserving its mission. I continue to follow up on the complaint against Bernardino Leon and the complaint against Ghassan Salame both filed with the UN Office of Internal Oversight. There will be no peace, security, or democracy in Libya as long as regional autocracies are allowed to buy influence and corrupt the process.”

Right before this move by the EDA to hide its ties with Salame, the New York-based International Peace Institute (IPI) also ordered the removal of Salame from its board, after his standing within the entity and his alleged relationship with IPI donors were questioned by the DHRF.

The DHRF has urged the UN member states, including the United States, to investigate corruption prevailing in the United Nations framework, especially within the Special Representative program.

Recently, Libyan lawmakers condemned Ghassan Salame for holding a meeting with warlord Khalifa Haftar, the man leading a brutal war in Tripoli, were hundreds have been killed and thousands of people have been displaced. Haftar is also criticized for messing up during the National Conference in Ghadames, which is a UN initiative to end the Libyan crisis.

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