In a unanimous statement on Thursday, with several ministers present, members of the Security Council called on the Libyan parties to make progress in meeting the December deadline. Encouraging, they want to believe in possible progress. But their positions were at odds with those of the main actors invited to inform them in New York.
as reported from New York, Carrie Nooten
A general “dead end”. Libya’s UN envoy Jan Kubis said he was “deeply concerned” on Thursday, July 15: for him, the conditions for general elections scheduled for December 24 are far from being met, whether it is the political, security or budgetary situation.
Regarding 20,000 foreign mercenaries deployed in the country, it is time to resolve the issue for Libyan Prime Minister Abdel Hamid Dbeibah. “The issue of mercenaries and foreign fighters in Libyan territory remains one of the biggest obstacles to stability in Libya. I turn to your August advice: we must get help to be able to deal with this issue with the necessary firmness, “he explained.
Jean-Yves Le Drian, chairman of the UN Security Council, suggested that the Syrian fighters withdraw from each of the two camps at the same time to “create a dynamic”. Then mercenaries from each side – without mentioning them, “Wagner” on the Russian side and “Sadat” on the Turkish side.
Although everyone believes that peace has never been so close at hand in Libya and has welcomed the establishment of a Reconciliation Commission, they also know that the withdrawal of mercenaries is still a precondition for elections.
Gathered in Switzerland from June 28 to July 2, 75 Libyan personalities from all walks of life, elected by the UN as part of a reconciliation process, had failed to agree on the terms of the legislative and presidential elections.