UN stresses need to remove mercenaries, foreign fighters from Libya

Sami Hegazi
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The special representative of the UN Secretary-General to Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily, called on the Libyan authorities to renew their commitment to fully support the implementation of the ceasefire agreement in Libya signed in 2020.

This came  at the conclusion of the meetings of the joint military commission (5+5) in Sirte, calling on the government to allocate appropriate resources and intensify political efforts to end the political impasse and restore legitimacy to Libyan institutions through elections.

Bathily , who chaired a number of two – day meetings of the committee, praised the members of the Joint Military Committee(JMC )for their “determination and commitment to achieving peace and stability in Libya, ensuring its unity and territorial integrity,” according to a statement by the UN mission on Tuesday.

He called on political leaders to “show the same spirit of unity and dedication shown by their military brothers in the 5+5 Committee in order to overcome the current crisis”.

Bathily called on the international community to support the 5+5 Committee, which “represents a message of hope for all Libyans”.

During its meetings, the JMC discussed plans to involve armed formations in order to create an environment conducive to sustainable peace and security in Libya, as well as a number of issues related to the committee’s work plan.

“At the closing session of the JMC meetings, a visiting team from United Nations Headquarters was charged with assessing the extent to which UNSMIL has implemented the recommendations of last year’s independent strategic review.

This review  aimed at strengthening the mission’s performance in its mandated tasks to better respond to the aspirations of the people and institutions of Libya to peace and stability.”


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