LONDON, 4 January 2021 – The United Natons is getting high praise for its proposal to send a team to help enforce the ceasefire between warring factions in Libya.
The High Representative for Foreign Affairs to the European Union, Joseph Borrell, calls it concrete action; not mere words and has urged UN member states to throw their weight behind it.
The proposal was made to the Security Council by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres after recent large scale violations of the ceasefire.
The warring factions have publicly opposed the idea, decrying the proposal as an act of interference.
The UN says Libya is in a race against time to avoid a collapse of the ceasefire by forming a government of national unity that can be trusted by stakeholders to manage a year-long transition to crucial presidential elections scheduled for 24 December 2021.
The ceasefire deal was reached last October 23 in Geneva by the Joint Military Committee (5 + 5).
Under the deal, all foreign fighters and mercenaries were to leave Libya within three months of the conclusion of the agreement.
Turkey has been accused of transporting Syrian mercenaries into Libya since January 2020 and of deploying officers and experts to lead war operations rooms of the militias affiliated to the internationally-recognized government in Tripoli.