Libya Calls British Foreign Secretary's Bodies Remark 'Unacceptable'

Last update: 06/10/2017

BENGHAZI (Libya), Oct 6 (BERNAMA-NNN-AGENCIES) -- Senior figures from across Libya's political divides protested against remarks by British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson about clearing dead bodies from the city of Sirte.

Johnson told members of his Conservative Party on Tuesday that British investors had a "brilliant vision" to turn Sirte, a former stronghold of Daesh, into the next Dubai if bodies could be cleared away.

Lawmakers from Libya's House of Representatives (HOR), who represent political and military factions based in the east of the country, called the comments unacceptable.

The HOR's foreign affairs committee issued a statement demanding "a clarification from the British prime minister and an apology to the Libyan people".

The head of Libya's UN- and Western-backed government, which is based in Tripoli and has been spurned by the HOR, also asked for clarification during a meeting with the British ambassador in the capital.....