United Nations (AP) —International Observers oversee the ceasefire agreement in Libya about six months ago, the UN Security Council decided in a vote released Friday. ..
The council unanimously agreed to follow Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ recent proposal for up to 60 monitors to participate in Libya’s existing political mission.
According to the council’s UK draft resolution, monitors will arrive “gradually … if conditions permit.” The bill also urges all foreign troops and mercenaries to flee the country, as it should have happened a few months ago.
“We now hope that all UN member states will act on it and help Libya regain its sovereignty and work towards lasting peace and stability,” said the United Kingdom’s Middle East and North African Minister James Cleverly said in a statement from London.
He foretold the resolution by sending a “clear support signal” to Libya. Provisional government that came to power last month And it is expected to lead the country to the elections scheduled for December 24th.
Libya’s UN mission did not immediately comment on the resolution. The country was not a member of the council of 15 countries, so it was not possible to vote for them. Voting was done by email. Due to a coronavirus pandemic; results were presented in a brief virtual conference.
Libya is based in the United Nations-supported government of the capital, Tripoli, and the eastern part of the country, where a NATO-backed uprising defeated long-time dictator Muang Mar Gadafi in 2011 to make oil-rich North African countries Has suffered turmoil since splitting into rival authorities to put.
Each side was supported by armed groups and foreign governments.United Nations Estimated in December Libya had at least 20,000 foreign fighters and mercenaries, including Syrians, Russians, Sudanese, and Chadians.
In April 2019, eastern commander Khalifa Hifter and his troops, backed by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, launched an attack attempting to occupy Tripoli. His 14-month campaign collapsed after Turkey strengthened its military support to the UN-supported government with hundreds of troops and thousands of Syrian mercenaries.
The· Ceasefire agreement reached October, He demanded that foreign fighters leave within three months.
The Armistice has dramatically reduced civilian casualties, but the United Nations continues to record killings, enforced disappearances, sexual violence, arbitrary arrests, hate crimes, and attacks on Libyan activists and human rights defenders. , UN Special Envoy Jan Kubis Told the council last month.
The Security Council resolution also requires all countries to be fully compliant with the UN’s decade-long arms embargo on Libya. According to a recent report released by the United Nations, the embargo is “totally ineffective.”
Contributed by Associated Press writer Edith M. Lederer.