International Follow-Up Committee on Libya Calls for Withdrawal of Mercenaries and Foreign Fighters

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On Monday, the International Follow-up Committee on Libya (IFCL) held its third meeting. The meeting was co-chaired by the Arab League and the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

The IFCL discussed the progress achieved thus far in the implementation of the conclusions of the Berlin Conference and efforts by the body to support a comprehensive, durable and peaceful Libyan-led resolution to the conflict.

The meeting’s participants stressed the need for all members of the Berlin process to strictly adhere to the entirety of their commitments and obligations, saying that any solution should preserve the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity, and national unity of Libya.

IFCL members also expressed their profound alarm at the serious ongoing military escalation around Sirte. They renewed their calls on the Government of National Accord (GNA) and the Libyan National Army (LNA) to de-escalate immediately.

The meeting also called on all parties to the Libyan conflict to end all military operations and swiftly conclude the ongoing negotiations within the intra-Libyan 5+5 Joint Military Commission (JMC), with a view to reaching a formal and permanent ceasefire agreement under UN auspices.

The meeting recalled the importance of addressing comprehensive provisions regarding the withdrawal of all foreign mercenaries and foreign military forces, in addition to the dismantling and disarmament of armed groups across the country.

The IFCL members also deplored the continued violations of the UN arms embargo. They reiterated the need for all external actors to strictly adhere to their commitments to cease all forms of foreign military intervention in Libya.