U.N. Envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame speaks during an interview with Reuters in Tripoli, Libya March 28, 2018. Picutre taken March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Hani Amar
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Libya's conflict cannot be resolved unless the black economy and "predation of public money" are ended, the U.N. envoy to the country said, calling on international actors to target "big traffickers" with sanctions.U.N. Special Representative Ghassan Salame is leading the latest push to reunify and stabilize Libya, seven years after the NATO-backed uprising in which Muammar Gaddafi was toppled and killed.Salame, a Lebanese former government minister and professor who took up his post in August last year, said tackling the shadow economy required a "determined effort" by the United Nations, international financial institutions and foreign powers.He said he had been working to convince the international community that any political deal to unify rival factions based in Tripoli and eastern Libya would only be "cosmetic" if the shadow economy was not tackled.
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