UNSMIL Rejects External Interference in Libyan Affairs

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Head of United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Jan Kubis reiterated his rejection of external interference in Libyan affairs and demanded the removal of mercenaries from the country. He said on Thursday, that the withdrawal of mercenaries is linked to progress in the political talks.

During his meeting with the Minister of Defense of the Government of National Accord (GNA) Salah Al-Din Al-Namroush, Kubis stressed his support for the peace process and the ceasefire agreement in Libya. He pointed out that UNSMIL will discuss with the MoD the issue of human rights, war crimes and violations that have occurred and refer them to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

According to a statement by the MoD, the meeting discussed “ways to support the military and political tracks, the work of the 5+5 Joint Military Committee (JMC), and the role of the Ministry of Defense and UNSMIL in the peace process and supporting national reconciliation.”

Al-Namroush emphasised “UNSMIL’s important role in helping the military establishment and building of an army that is subject to civilian authority. As well as the necessity of holding parliamentary elections on time.”