Al-Mismari: The International Monitoring Mission Includes Civilians and Military Officers – Al Marsad

The official spokesperson for the Libyan National Army (LNA), Major General Ahmed al-Mismari, welcomed the United Nations decision to send a mission to observe the ceasefire agreement in Libya, and oversee the reopening of the coastal road.

(Libya, 6 January 2021) – In a statement to Al-Arabiya Al-Hadath channel, Ahmed al-Mismari explained that the decision involves sending international observers from civilian and retired military personnel, and not a military observer force. He indicated that the mission will consist of several nationalities, as well as from international organizations, such as the African Union, the European Union and the Arab League.

He added that sending a military observer force requires prior agreements and a resolution from the UN Security Council and the approval of all parties and entities in Libya, including the LNA and the Parliament.

Al-Mismari pointed to the need to circulate the decision to other regions, as well as to the economic and political tracks, indicating that confidence is missing between the Libyan parties. It needs help to restore confidence, even for a temporary period, in preparation for the return to unified institutions and the implementation of a permanent constitution that ensures stability.

He denied knowledge of the map of the movement of observers, explaining that the mission will come with their own maps of movements, determined by the United Nations. He stressed that the withdrawal of some military units was not on the table at the moment, but the priority was the exit of foreign forces and mercenaries in the remaining period of the 90-day deadline set according to the Geneva agreement. Mismari said that if international monitoring can implement this key provision, Libyans will welcome any civil efforts to resolve the Libyan crisis.

It is noteworthy that the remit of the International monitoring is to point out those who are violating the agreement, therefore the exit of foreigners, especially Turkey who brought in tens of thousands of Syrian mercenaries, drones and full military forces, needs a genuine and strong will from the international community to ensure compliance with the Geneva agreement.

© AlMarsad English (2021)