On Monday, Abdoulaye Bathily, who is also the secretary-general’s special representative, urged the government to allocate the necessary resources, step up political efforts to break the stalemate and restore legitimacy to Libya’s institutions through elections.
‘Spirit of Unity’
Since the overthrow of former ruler Muammar Gadaffi in 2011, oil-rich Libya has plunged into multiple crises that have divided the country between rival governments – a UN-recognized government of national accord (GNA) in the capital Tripoli, and its own. Libyan National Army (LNA) led by General Khalifa Haftar.
Mr Bathily, who chaired the two-day meetings, praised the JMC – military representatives of opposing parties, dubbed the 5+5 – for their “determination and commitment to peace and stability in Libya and its unity and integrity.”
And he called on political leaders “to show the same spirit of unity and self-denial as their uniformed brethren in the Joint Military Commission to overcome the current crisis.”
‘Instrument of hope’
The senior UN official reiterated the UN’s support for the JMC and relevant Libyan institutions in their efforts to reunite military and security institutions and withdraw mercenaries, which is in line with the action plan to preserve Libya’s territorial integrity.
In addition, he stressed the need to find ways to engage neighboring countries in ending the presence of these forces on Libyan soil and called on the international community to support the 5+5 JMC as “an instrument of hope for all Libyans” .
The JMC spoke, among other things, about involving armed groups with the aim of creating a favorable environment for lasting peace and security in Libya.
The closing session was attended by a visiting team from UN Headquarters tasked with assessing how UNSMIL is implementing recommendations made by an independent strategic review conducted last year.
The evaluation was designed to improve the mission’s performance of its mandated tasks in order to best meet the expectations of the Libyan people and the Libyan institutions for peace and stability.