Ghassan Salame: Libyans Asked UNSMIL to Monitor Withdrawal of Foreign Fighters


The former United Nations envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame, revealed that the Libyan warring sides that attended the ceasefire talks in Geneva have asked the United Nations Support Mission to Libya (UNSMIL) to monitor the process of withdrawal of mercenaries from the war-torn country.

Salame added that the parties to the conflict in Libya will hold sub-committee meetings, which will start their work next week, to agree on opening land and air routes, exchanging detainees and restructuring security measures at oil installations. He noted that the Libyan rivals will meet virtually on October 26, as well as meeting face-to-face in November.

Commenting on the statements of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is skeptical of the agreement, Ghassan Salame said that the international parties have reached understandings to stop the intervention and now the Libyans have accepted to stop the war.

On Friday, Libya’s warring factions signed a permanent ceasefire agreement under the auspices of the United Nations. The participants of Libya’s 5+5 Joint Military Commission (JMC) reached the deal, which entered into force immediately upon signing.

The acting UN envoy to Libya, Stephanie Williams, has said Libyan rivals agreed to reopen land and air routes, as well as maintain the current state of calm on the front lines and to avoid further military escalation.

She confirmed that the Libyan parties had agreed that all foreign forces would leave within 90 days of the ceasefire agreement. This process would be supervised by the UN.