Haley rips UN for picking Palestinian as Libya envoy

Haley rips UN for picking Palestinian as Libya envoy
© Greg Nash

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Friday objected to the the U.N.'s pick of former Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad to represent U.N. in Libya.

Nikki Haley said U.S. "was disappointed" about Fayyad's candidacy, accusing the chamber of being "unfairly biased" toward Palestine and against Israel.

"The United States was disappointed to see a letter indicating the intention to appoint the former Palestinian Authority prime minister to lead the UN Mission in Libya,” Haley said in her statement, as reported by Reuters.

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"For too long the U.N. has been unfairly biased in favor of the Palestinian Authority to the detriment of our allies in Israel," she added.

Haley said Washington "does not currently recognize a Palestinian state" and argued that it does not "support the signal this appointment would send within the United Nation.”

A spokesperson for U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Guterres chose Fayyad for the position based on his "recognized personal qualities and his competence for that position."

"United Nations staff serve strictly in their personal capacity. They do not represent any government or country. ... The Secretary-General reiterates his pledge to recruit qualified individuals, respecting regional diversity, and notes that, among others no Israeli and no Palestinian have served in a post of high responsibility at the United Nations," the spokesman said.