Guterres Announces the Military Committee on Libya Will Convene in Geneva Within the Next Few Days – Al Marsad

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said that the first session of the Military Committee to monitor the ceasefire in Libya is expected to be convened in Geneva within the next few days.

[Libya, 20 January 2020] – “We need to have a ceasefire. We cannot monitor something that does not exist. I hope the commitments made today will contribute to a lasting solution to the Libya crisis,” António Guterres said, speaking in a press conference at the end of the Berlin Conference on Libya yesterday.

Warning against the risk of a full-blown escalation in the region, the United Nations Secretary-General reiterated that there is no military solution to the Libyan crisis, and that the time has come to take immediate and decisive action to prevent an all-out civil war in Libya. Guterres warned that this would lead to a humanitarian nightmare and leave the country vulnerable to permanent division. He called for the need to stop flagrant violations of the arms embargo to Libya immediately.

Guterres stressed that the most important output is that all the participants in the Bberlin process have pledged not to interfere in the Libyan conflict, respect a UN arms embargo, and put pressure on the two parties to achieve a comprehensive ceasefire.

“Another important aspect is the monitoring of the ceasefire, which can be arranged in a number of ways, but this issue must be discussed and agreed upon by the parties to the conflict, and ultimately it will require a Security Council resolution and we are of course ready to participate in this endeavour,” the UN Secretary-General said.

“We will stand with the Libyan people as they work to resolve their differences through discussion and compromise in good faith and chart a way to a more peaceful future,” the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres concluded, adding that a meeting of the military commission for the settlement in Libya will be held within a few days in Geneva.

© Al Marsad English (2020)