Kubiš Calls for Urgent Reopening of Coastal Road and Withdrawal of Mercenaries and Foreign Forces – Al Marsad

Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Libya and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Ján Kubiš, met with members of the 5+5 Joint Military Committee at its headquarters in Sirte on Tuesday, to update them on his efforts to address the Libyan crisis.

(Libya, 29 April 2021) – According to a statement issued by the UNSMIL, during the meeting, UN Envoy Ján Kubiš expressed his appreciation of the work of the 5+5 Joint Military Committee (JMC) which was guided by patriotic spirit to serve the national interests of Libya. He briefed the JMC on key elements of the recently adopted the UN Security Council Resolution 2570 and 2571 (2021).

Kubiš also briefed the JMC on outcomes of his engagements with a number of high-level officials representing diverse countries, including UN Security Council Member States and participants to the Berlin Conference on Libya.

The statement added that Kubiš and the JMC members held a fruitful exchange on wide range of issues, notably focusing on how to advance the full implementation of the Ceasefire Agreement signed in Geneva on 23 October 2020. He noted his dismay at the delays on the opening the coastal road and urged the JMC to remove quickly all obstacles that are hampering the opening.

“Both the Special Envoy and the JMC confirmed that the withdrawal of mercenaries, foreign fighters and foreign forces needs to start without further delay as a critical measure for the stability, security and unity of Libya and for the stability and security of the whole region,” said the statement.

The statement said the meeting also discussed the dispatch of ceasefire observers, the steps necessary to develop a national plan for disarmament, demobilization and reintegration and security sector reform, and the need to maintain security and stability in the country as it proceeds to the legislative and presidential elections on 24 December 2021.