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Recommit to Libya ceasefire, urges senior UN representative

The review was intended to enhance the Mission’s delivery on its required tasks to best satisfy the expectations of the Libyan people and institutions for serenity and stability.

‘Spirit  of unity’

Because the 2011 overthrow of former ruler Muammar  Gadaffi, oil-rich Libya has descended into multiple crises that has divided the country between rival administrations – a UN-recognized Authorities of National Accord (GNA) based in the capital Tripoli, which of the self-styled Libyan Nationwide Army (LNA), led by  General Khalifa Haftar. And he called on political leaders  “to show  the same  spirit  of unity and abnegation  as their brothers in uniform in the Joint Military Commission in order to overcome the  current crisis”. Mr. Bathily, who chaired the two-day meetings, commended the JMC – military associates from  opposing sides, called  the  5+5 – for his or her “determination and commitment towards peace and stability within Libya  and its unity plus integrity. ”

‘Instrument of hope’ 

SRSG Abdoulaye Bathily Media Remarks, Mutual Military Commission 5+5 Meeting, Sirte, 16 January 2023 On Monday, Abdoulaye Bathily , who is also the Particular Representative of the Secretary-General, urged the government to allocate the appropriate resources, step up political efforts to end the stalemate, plus reestablish legitimacy to Libyan institutions through elections.   [embedded content]
Among other issues discussed at the meeting, the particular JMC spoke about interesting armed groups with the aim of creating  a conducive environment for sustainable peace and security in Libya.   Moreover, this individual stressed the need to identify ways to engage  neighboring countries  in  ending the presence  of  these forces  on Libyan soil and called over the international community to support the 5+5 JMC as “an instrument of hope  for those Libyans”.

The senior UN official reiterated the  UN’s support to the  JMC and relevant Libyan institutions in their efforts in the direction of reunifying  military and safety institutions and withdrawing mercenaries, which is in accord with the action plan to preserve Libya’s territorial integrity.   The closing session had been attended by a visiting group from UN Headquarters tasked to assess how UNSMIL is implementing recommendations manufactured by an 3rd party Strategic Review conducted last year.


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