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UN envoy to Libya warns of chaos if ceasefire agreement collapses

Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Ján Kubiš, warned on Thursday before the Security Council that Libya would slide into violence and chaos, as well as the collapse of the ceasefire agreement if the process remained blocked.

Kubiš confirmed the presence of some who were trying to sabotage and hinder the stability of the country, stressing that "if the obstruction continues regarding the legal basis of the elections, we will not see a positive momentum for months". m

He told the Security Council session on Libya attended by the prime minister of the Government of National Accord, Abdelhamid Al-Dbaiba, and senior diplomats from the countries involved in Libya that he had called on the Speaker of the Libyan Parliament, Aguila Saleh, to consult the State Council to ensure that the elections were held on 24 December.

Kubiš said the Presidential Council and the government did not agree on the position of the minister of Defence, which hindered the unification of the military institution, pointing out that the continued presence of mercenaries threatened the ceasefire agreement in Libya.

He explained that the ceasefire was still in force, but the lack of progress in the political process might be a reason for its collapse, stressing that breaking the unification of the military institution would open the way for extremist groups to increase their activities in Libya.

The UN official stressed that procedures were underway to deploy elements to monitor the ceasefire under Libyan supervision.

Kubiš called on the Libyan political parties to make every effort to hold the elections on time, while urging members of the Dialogue Forum to put aside their differences and adopt a constitutional basis for holding the elections on time.

Referring to the conditions of migrants in Libya, he stressed that Libya was not a safe port for refugees and migrants facing violence in the country, pointing to the increase in the number of migrants detained in Libya.

He called on the Government of National Accord to facilitate the work of humanitarian organizations in the evacuation and resettlement of displaced people.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian stressed that the time had come to implement an orderly withdrawal of foreign fighters from Libya.

He stressed at a Security Council session on Libya the need to end foreign interference in Libya and unify the army, saying that "anyone who threatens the political process will face sanctions".

"Libyans have shown goodwill and put their country's sovereignty above all else, but there are real threats on the horizon and we must work to overcome them by sticking to the election timetable," Le Drian stated.

The US representative to the UN said a political solution in Libya was "possible, necessary and urgent, but it requires elections on 24 December", stressing the need to "establish the constitutional and legal frameworks for elections to ensure that this happens to ensure the advancement, prosperity and unification of the country".

She told the Security Council that "these elections and the process should not be postponed by Libyans without any foreign interference or influence, and we welcomed the large attendance at the Geneva meetings, in addition to the formation of the transitional government, and the affirmation by the Berlin Conference of its commitment to support the elections on their date, as expected by the international community, in accordance with the roadmap".

For his part, the Russian representative to the UN said there was cautious optimism about developments in Libya, pointing to "signs of hope" that were beginning to emerge.

The Russian delegate, speaking at the UN Security Council session on Libya, stressed the importance of holding the general election on their scheduled date of 24 December, after completing the constitutional basis for them.

He called for a "gradual and coordinated" withdrawal of all foreign forces from Libya, stressing the need to ensure that the current balance of power on the ground was not disturbed and that the interests of neighbouring countries were preserved.

-0- PANA BY/IS/BBA/RA 15July2021