The Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Jan Kubis briefed the Security Council on Libyan latest developments on Friday, saying the political stalemate experienced over the last period is already casting its shadow over the security scene, especially in the western coast area.
kubis said the continued presence of mercenaries, foreign fighters, and foreign forces remains a cause of grave concern for Libya and the international community, including countries of the region, notably neighbors of Libya, saying they should be withdrawn in a transparent and organized manner to ensure the stability of neighboring countries isn't compromised.
Kubis urged the High National Elections Commission (HNEC) to lead Libya to elections on December 24 with the support of the international community.
"Not holding the elections could gravely deteriorate the situation in the country, could lead to division and conflict. I urge the Libyan actors to join forces and ensure inclusive, free, fair parliamentary and presidential elections, which are to be seen as the essential step in further stabilizing and uniting Libya." He added.
He also said an advance group of ceasefire UN monitors is preparing to arrive in Libya in the coming weeks to observe the implementation of the ceasefire.