The Special Envoy to Libya confirmed that the deployment of the first group of United Nations ceasefire monitors is still ongoing, and temporary facilities have been identified in Sirte. The first group will be sent - if conditions allow - in the coming weeks to support the Libya-led ceasefire monitoring mechanism and maintain its control, he said.

This came in a speech delivered by Mr. Jan Kubis during the consultative meeting of the foreign ministers of Libya's neighboring countries - along with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Libya - in Algeria (30-31 August).

He added, "To ensure the gradual progress towards the full implementation of the ceasefire agreement, the Joint Military Committee (5+5) intends to prepare an action plan for a verifiable sequential and phased withdrawal, starting with the withdrawal of mercenaries and foreign fighters."

He added that the aim is to consult on this plan with the relevant international partners and request their support and cooperation, and called on the countries neighboring Libya to participate in this process, especially with regard to the withdrawal of foreign fighters and mercenaries.

Foreign fighters and mercenaries is a matter of concern

Kubis stressed that the continued presence of mercenaries, foreign fighters, and foreign forces continues to raise concerns for Libya and the international community, including neighboring countries.

The Security Council, through a number of resolutions, specifically Security Council Resolution (2570) and the latest statement issued on July 15, strongly urged all Member States, all Libyan parties, and all relevant parties to respect the full implementation of the October 23 ceasefire agreement. 2020 and its support, including through the withdrawal of all mercenaries, foreign fighters, and foreign forces from Libya without delay.

The necessity of holding elections in Libya

Mr. Kubis come from Libya and noted that all parties to the dialogue have confirmed their commitment to organizing the elections on December 24, and the government has provided the necessary funding to the High National Elections Commission and is working to take the necessary security measures to ensure that the elections are organized in a safe environment.


But he added, "But it remains only to issue the legal framework and approve the constitutional rule in the coming days, so that the concerned authorities can organize the presidential and parliamentary elections on December 24."

Kubis warned that "time is running out" at a time when the House of Representatives intends to finalize the two laws on presidential and parliamentary elections.

He said, "In my turn, I encouraged the parliament's leadership and members to assume their legislative responsibilities and to issue both laws without any delay, while at the same time following the necessary procedural conditions."

The High National Elections Commission continues its preparations for the elections, which can be accomplished in the absence of the legislative framework, including voter registration, which has reached an estimated 2.86 million voters (43 percent are women), and the process of registering voters abroad continues in consultation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Libyan.

Neighboring countries cooperation

Addressing the foreign ministers of neighboring countries, he added that this "requires cooperation and support from countries hosting Libyan citizens, including yours."

He called on all member states and regional organizations, including neighboring countries, to send monitoring teams in coordination with the Libyan authorities and institutions, in particular, the High National Elections Commission and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs "when the time comes."

At the conclusion of his speech, he stressed that the continuous, concerted, and harmonized efforts of the neighboring countries and the international community are important to support the multiple parties in Libya and urge them to work together and implement the unification of state institutions, the full implementation of the ceasefire agreement, the provision of necessary services, the protection and promotion of human rights, justice and accountability for Libyans and immigrants, and preparations for parliamentary and presidential elections on December 24.

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