TRIPOLI, 3 January 2021 – The army in Libya has expressed opposition to a proposal by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to send international forces to monitor and support the country’s ceasefire.

The proposal constitutes unacceptable interference according to senior Libyan army officials cited Saturday in news reports.

Guterres – Photo UN Libya

On Thursday, Guterres sent a letter to the Security Council stating that the warring parties in Libya had requested assistance from the world body.

Libya’s foreign minister has contradicted the accounts by Guterres, telling reporters that the warring parties “asked for Russia’s support to evacuate foreign fighters”.

The UN proposal wanted a joint mission that would include civilians and former military personal from regional bodies like the African Union, the European Unon and the Arab League according to news reports.

Guterres with Libya Soldiers – Photo The National

The UN intends to deploy peacekeepers once the situation on the ground allows.

Libya’s Joint Military Commission signed onto a permanent ceasefire agreement last October.

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