Libya collapsed into a series of warring factions in the aftermath of the 2011 NATO-assisted uprising which toppled the Gaddafi government. Last month marked the tenth anniversary of the protests, which culminated in the once prosperous nation turning into a failed state.
Blackwater founder Erik Prince has rejected the findings of a United Nations investigation accusing him of violating a UN-imposed arms embargo on Libya and funneling military support to Libyan general Khalifa Haftar.
“The results of the United Nations investigation are completely wrong,” Prince said as cited by Middle East Monitor.
The businessman dismissed several claims made in the report, including the allegation that he was an advisor to Donald Trump on Libya. In reality, Prince claimed, he had only met Trump once during his time in office. Prince also said that he had never discussed Libya with the president, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, or Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner.
Prince also denied ever meeting Haftar, or traveling to Cairo, Egypt in April 2019 to do so.
The former Navy SEAL, who currently runs the Hong Kong-listed private security company Frontier Services Group, says he has yet to familiarise himself with the contents of the UN report.
Prince’s remarks followed last week’s publication by media of excerpts from a confidential report to the UN Security Council’s Libya sanctions committee which claims that Prince sent a group of mercenaries and weapons to Libya in 2019 in an $80 million contract dubbed “Project Opus.”