Acting UN Special Envoy to Libya Stephanie Williams called on the UN Security Council to implement measures to deter those who obstruct peace opportunities in Libya, while Libyan officials warned of the danger of the flow of mercenaries to the security of the entire region.
Williams said during a Security Council session on the situation in Libya, that the Libyans have played their role, and that it is up to the international community to do everything in its power to ensure that Libyan decisions are respected.
“This council has tools at its disposal to prevent spoilers from jeopardizing this rare opportunity to restore peace in Libya. I urge you to use it,” said Williams, adding that the Libyans have done their part.
It said that efforts to reform the security sector and control rampant corruption had been hindered by the military campaign of retired Major General Khalifa Haftar on Tripoli.
She expressed optimism about the remarkable progress made by the Libyan dialogue in Tunisia, saying that the country “is now on its way to achieving stability and peace and preserving its unity.”
And on Sunday, the work of the Libyan Political Forum, which was held in Tunisia under the auspices of the United Nations, concluded, during which the date of December 24, 2021, was set as the date for holding elections in the country.
Williams explained that “the participants in the political dialogue (in Tunisia) agreed on the powers of the Presidential Council and the Council of Ministers, and that the Prime Minister should have two deputies,” stressing that “the Libyan election institution can hold elections that include everyone.”
She indicated that the goal of the Libyans now is to complete the presidential and parliamentary elections on December 24, 2021, the day that marks the seventieth anniversary of Libya’s independence.
On human rights, Williams warned that “detention facilities under the control of armed militias (affiliated with Haftar) continue to violate human rights” and called for the implementation of the principle of accountability.
The influx of mercenaries
For his part, Libya’s representative to the United Nations, Al-Taher Al-Sunni, announced on Thursday that the flow of mercenaries into the country is still continuing, warning that it would endanger the entire region.
“We are still paying the tax for Haftar’s aggression, as people die as a result of mines in Tripoli, and mass graves are unfolding every day,” al-Sunni said during a session of the UN Security Council held by videoconference.
On Wednesday, the spokesman for the Sirte Al-Jufra Operations Room of the Libyan Army, Abdul Hadi Dara, announced that Wagner (Russian) and Janjaweed (Sudanese) mercenaries would continue digging trenches in the northern city of Sirte.
Meanwhile, Williams held a video meeting with the Libyan Defense Minister in the National Accord Government, Salah al-Din al-Nimrush, and his Turkish counterpart, Hulusi Akar.
During the meeting, Williams explained that Libya suffers from chronic crises that have led to the collapse of the state and its sovereign institutions.
For his part, Akar called for the need to immediately cut off external support for Haftar’s forces in order to ensure peace and stability in Libya, considering that Haftar’s forces and mercenaries pose a great threat to security and stability and undermine diplomatic efforts.
Meanwhile, Nimroush stressed the lack of confidence in whoever carried out an attack on the capital, Tripoli, noting that Haftar’s attack had spoiled all plans of the reconciliation government to reform the security sector.
The Minister of the Interior of the Government of Libyan National Accord, Fathi Bashagha, met with French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanan at the headquarters of the French Ministry of the Interior.
The media office of the Minister of Interior stated that the meeting focused on joint cooperation between the French and Libyan ministries of interior in the fields of training, especially training of police forces, and providing the necessary equipment to the Libyan side in the field of combating irregular migration and coastal security.