By Libya Herald staff.
Tunis, 2 January 2016:
The head of Sabratha’s military council, Tahir Gharabli, has denied reports that he attended a . . .[restrict]meeting in Tunis earlier this week in Tunis with the General Paolo Serra, the military adviser to UN special envoy Martin Kobler who is tasked with the job of ensuring security in Tripoli for the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA).
A meeting at a Tunis hotel involving three militia leaders from Sabratha as well as representatives from Misrata’s Halbous, Mahjoub and Mardas brigades and commanders from Zintan’s Qaaqaa, Sawaq and the Al-Ajmi Al-Atari brigades was widely reported to have taken place a couple of days ago.
In a statement to the Tripoli offices of the Libyan news agency LANA, Gharabli said that he had not been in touch with any UN officials and that anyone from Sabratha who might have attended the meeting did so in their own personal capacity and not as a representative of the town or its military council.
The Mahjoub brigade has also reportedly denied attending a meeting.
In his statement, the firmly Islamist Gharabli also pointed out that Sabratha’s military forces did not accept the UN-brokered Skhirat deal setting up the GNA. [/restrict]