Draft political deal for Libyan parties is work in progress UN envoy

“This…chaos is what explains the dramas we have seen recently,” Bernardino León, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya, told reporters in New York following his closed-door briefing to the Council.He said violence inside Libya was impacting the region in myriad ways: “death in the Mediterranean Sea, hundreds of migrants traveling to south Italy and other countries, the killing in the south of the country of 30 Ethiopian Christian by Daesh [Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant], together with other crimes and attacks by Daesh as ones happened recently on some embassies in Tripoli.”In this context, Mr. León said the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), which he heads and which has been facilitating a series of talks among the Libyan parties, had proposed some ideas in a draft agreement that has been sent to the stakeholders two days ago. “We have already [had] reactions from both parties, some of them are critical, some of them are negative and, of course, it is something we can expect in such complex process as it is the one in Libya, he explained. In an earlier press release, UNSMIL said the draft proposal seeks to create and develop middle ground on the more difficult and sensitive issues and outlines a vision for the remainder of the transitional period. The draft agreement is anchored in a number of key principles, including that of the inviolability of the democratic process and a clear separation of powers between the executive and legislative authorities, the Mission continued, adding that this as key to the proper functioning of Government and State, and to providing the necessary political guarantees to safeguard a future government of national accord and sufficiently empower it to address the huge challenges confronting Libya.“I explained to the Council that this is a draft so these negotiations are work in progress. We are in contact with the parties. We are listening to them, of course, and trying to understand how this draft can be improved and how we can reach this consensus we want as a political solution in Libya,” Mr. León told reporters, underscoring that: “We all know very well and the actors involved in the dialogue know very well that there is no military solution.”He went on to stress that the current fighting in the country is mainly affecting the political dialogue and intended to hamper the talks. “This is what both of these actors are trying to do and this is why I explained to the Security Council that we need to start with the security track as soon as possible, we are trying to start first meeting as soon as next week.” Explaining that the security track was the area on which no work had yet begun, Mr. León said UNSMIL would like to have face to face meetings as soon as possible on that issue. Tribal leaders should also start to meet soon, he added. As for his talks with the Council, he said the 15-member body had expressed its concerns, first of all regarding the timing. “The international community would like to see an agreement in Libya before Ramadan. Ramadan as you know starts on 17 June. This is the ideal framework and this is what I heard today in the Council.”He said that given the international community’s serious concerns about terrorism, about migration and other issues, “chaos in Libya is a huge problem for its own citizens but it is also a huge problem for the international community.” read more

Journalists arrested over alleged theft of documents on Northern Ireland killings

(Top row left to right) Patsy O'Hare, Barney Green, Adrian Rogan, (bottom row left to right) Eamon Byrne, Daniel McCreanor and Malcom Jenkinson, who were killed in the tiny Heights Bar in Loughinisland, Co Down “The inquiry centres on the theft of sensitive material, which was used in a documentary film re-examining the 1994 murders,” the statement said, adding that the theft “potentially puts lives at risk.” “The film exposed the failure of police to properly investigate Loughinisland Massacre and bring suspected killers to account,” Gibney said. “Police reaction? Re-open murder investigation? No. Arrest the truth tellers.”On June 18, 1994, Protestant paramilitary gunmen entered the Heights Bar in the village of Loughinisland and opened fire indiscriminately on customers watching Ireland play Italy in a televised World Cup match, Six were killed, including 87-year-old Barney Greene, one of the oldest victims in the ‘Troubles’.Among the failings identified in the 2016 Police Ombudsman report was that police informants at the most senior level within armed Loyalist groups were involved in the importation of arms used in at least 70 murders and attempted murders, including the Loughinisland killings.Over 3,600 people died during the 30-year armed conflict between Catholic Irish nationalists seeking a united Ireland and their Protestant rivals who want to keep Northern Ireland British. A Durham police spokesman later said the two had been released on bail pending further enquiries, which he said were likely to continue for a number of months.The producer of the documentary, Alex Gibney, said on Twitter that the pair had been arrested “for doing good, hard-hitting journalism.” Two journalists were arrested on Friday over the suspected theft of documents from Northern Ireland’s police ombudsman that were used in a documentary that alleged police collusion in the 1994 murder of six soccer fans.The two were later released on bail, police said, and the documentary makers secured a temporary court order to stop police examining documents and material seized in raids on Friday.The 2017 documentary “No Stone Unturned” named a Protestant paramilitary gunman it said police believed shot six fans in one of the most notorious episodes of Northern Ireland’s ‘Troubles’.It also detailed alleged police collusion, which a 2016 report by the Northern Ireland police ombudsman said was a significant feature in the killings. No one has been prosecuted for the killings.The arrests, made in a joint operation between police from Northern Ireland and the northern British region of Durham, relate to the suspected theft of materials held by the office of the Police Ombudsman of Northern Ireland, police said in a statement. The film exposed the failure of police to properly investigate Loughinisland Massacre and bring suspected killers to accountAlex Gibney, Producer (Top row left to right) Patsy O’Hare, Barney Green, Adrian Rogan, (bottom row left to right) Eamon Byrne, Daniel McCreanor and Malcom Jenkinson, who were killed in the tiny Heights Bar in Loughinisland, Co DownCredit:PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more