Reuters EDUARDO MUNOZ
The Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, welcomed the “tangible progress” made by the dialogue between the two parties to the crisis in Libya, stressing the need for the departure of foreign forces and mercenaries from the country by Saturday.
In a report submitted to the Security Council on Monday, Guterres said that “tangible progress has been made in strengthening political, security and economic dialogues between Libyans that have been facilitated by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya over the past few months.”
He added, “The continued international involvement in the Libyan-Libyan dialogues facilitated by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya has generated great momentum … to push Libya forward on the path of peace, stability and development.”
The Secretary-General acknowledged that “the Libyan economy is on the brink of an abyss,” urging “the Libyan parties to maintain their determination to find a permanent political solution to the conflict, solve economic problems and improve the humanitarian situation.”
Guterres also called on “all international and regional parties to respect the terms of the ceasefire agreement,” which was concluded by the two parties to the conflict on October 23, which provides for the withdrawal of all foreign forces and mercenaries from this country before January 23.
The United Nations Acting Envoy to Libya Stephanie Williams said in early December that about 20,000 members of “foreign forces and / or mercenaries” are still in Libya.
In his report, Guterres stressed that “the immediate implementation of the ceasefire agreement” includes ensuring that all foreign fighters and mercenaries leave Libya and full and unconditional compliance with the arms embargo imposed by the UN Security Council “on that country since 2011.
The UN Security Council is scheduled to hold a meeting on Libya on January 28, and Britain is preparing a draft resolution that expands the tasks of the UN mission in Libya to include overseeing the ceasefire and monitoring the withdrawal of foreign forces and mercenaries from this country.