UNSMIL Reiterates Support for JMC, Calls for Faster Implementation of Libyan Ceasefire Agreement

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On Saturday, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) held a virtual meeting to discuss the security situation in Libya and ways to support the work of the 5+5 Joint Military Commission (JMC).

The meeting was co-chaired by the Security Working Group (SWG) for Libya, represented by the African Union, France, Italy, Turkey, and UNSMIL.

UNSMIL said in a statement that the SWG renewed its call on all parties to accelerate the implementation of the ceasefire. It particularly called for the opening of the coastal road between Abu Qurayn and Sirte, as well as the immediate repatriation of all foreign fighters and mercenaries.

Stephanie Williams, the Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya, praised the efforts of the 5+5 JMC and the progress made so far towards the implementation of the Ceasefire Agreement. This included the recent detainee exchanges conducted under the JMC’s supervision as part of wider confidence-building measures.

She also hailed the resumption of flights to all parts of Libya, the complete reopening of oil production and exports, as well as the proposed unification and restructuring of the Petroleum Facilities Guards.

The statement added that UNSMIL reiterates its call on all parties to adhere to international humanitarian and human rights law, including the protection of civilians, especially by allowing and facilitating a safe and rapid delivery of humanitarian aid and services to all communities affected by COVID-19.

UNSMIL reaffirmed that it foresees the deployment of a limited number of impartial, unarmed, non-uniformed, international monitors, to complement the Libyan monitors deployed by the 5+5 JMC.