UN envoy: Continuing presence of mercenaries entrench division of Libya

UN envoy: Continuing presence of mercenaries entrench division of Libya

May 22, 2021 - 14:07
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Written By: SafaAlharathy

The UN envoy to Libya, Jan Kubis, on Friday renewed his call for all foreign forces and mercenaries to leave Libya.

In a briefing before the Security Council yesterday, the UN envoy stressed the need for all member states to adhere to the UN arms embargo against Libya. "confidence-building between the parties continues notwithstanding occasional clashes between armed groups," Kubis said.

He pointed out that progress on key issues such as the reopening of the main coastal road between Sirte and Misrata and the withdrawal of foreign mercenaries and fighters has been stalled, warning that further delays could consolidate the division in the country.

Welcoming the continued holding of the ceasefire agreement, Kubis stressed the need for all countries to adhere to Libya's peace process through the withdrawal of all foreign forces and mercenaries without delay.

He further confirmed that the UN would send a team of monitors to support the Libyan-led Ceasefire Monitoring Mechanism.