UN Underlines Its Commitment to Libya

    Wahyu Dwi Anggoro - 24 June 2021 12:00 WIB
    UN Underlines Its Commitment to Libya
    UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (Photo: UN Photo)



    New York: Full implementation of a historic ceasefire agreement and the withdrawal of foreign forces are critical for consolidating peace in Libya, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday in remarks to a major international meeting aimed at shoring up the country after a decade of civil conflict. 

    In a video message to the Berlin II conference, the UN Chief commended military representatives from Libya’s rival sides for their work to implement the October 2020 truce reached under the auspices of the UN mission in the country, UNSMIL. 

     



    "The United Nations is fully committed to facilitating the Libyan-led and Libyan-owned processes in support of the ceasefire agreement, national reconciliation and transitional justice, and the holding of elections on 24 December," Guterres said.  

    "I encourage Libyan authorities and institutions to shoulder their responsibilities and move forward together towards stability and unity. The future of Libya is in their hands," he addded.

    The Secretary-General underlined support for the Libyan-led ceasefire monitoring mechanism, with the first group of UN monitors set to deploy to the capital, Tripoli, soon. 

    "We must put an end to all foreign interference, including the full withdrawal of all foreign forces and mercenaries from Libya," he stated.

    "I urge Libyan and external parties to agree on a comprehensive plan, with clear timelines, to achieve this goal, which UNSMIL stands ready to support," he said.

    (WAH)

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