The Special Envoy and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), John Kubic, described the signing.Another groundbreaking achievement by 5 + 5 JMC”
‘Moment Historical Moment’
“I am proud to witness this historic moment in this critical time on the path to peace and democracy in Libya,” he said.
This latest political breakthrough came after a three-day meeting at the United Nations in Geneva, where military representatives of the government and opposition forces, known as the 5 + 5 Libya Joint Military Commission (JMC), agreed and signed a comprehensive action plan.
It is designed as the basis for a gradual, balanced and orderly process of withdrawal of mercenaries, foreign fighters and foreign forces from Libyan territory.
Libya has been in crisis on several fronts since the fall of former ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
Until recently, the country was largely divided between the United Nations-recognized National Treaty (GNA) in the capital, Tripoli, and a rival administration led by General Haftar, the Western-based self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA).
Mercenaries and other fighters from outside Libya have been known to work inside the country for yearsA United Nations report released on Monday states that Russia-based Wagner’s group, including some former mercenaries and mercenaries, was involved in the conflict in Syria.
A UN statement in Geneva said the action plan was a nationally owned and led instrument in line with last year’s ceasefire agreement, UN Security Council resolutions and the outcome of the Berlin conference.
The United Nations has described it as “important for Libyans to regain their sovereignty and integrity, and to maintain peace, stability and security in their country.”
Bringing the plan to life
In line with the action plan, the JMC is developing an implementation process that calls for all mercenaries, foreign fighters and foreign forces to move slowly, in a balanced and orderly manner.
5 + 5 seeks to consult with relevant international partners, including Libya’s neighbors, and to seek their support and cooperation in planning.
Thanks to JMC
The UN praised the JMC members for their “patriotism and commitment”, And encourages them to “seize this opportunity” to advance the full implementation of the ceasefire agreement through this action plan.
This will include the immediate deployment of UN ceasefire observers.
The organization called on member states to support the JMC and the Libyan authorities to implement the action plan.
The United Nations is ready to support Libya’s efforts to implement the joint plan and to unify the military establishment and to begin the process of disarmament, destruction and restructuring (DDR) and security sector reform (SSR) in the country.
“Today’s agreement responds to the overwhelming needs of the Libyan peopleE and create a positive momentum that should be created to move forward towards a stable and democratic platform, in which free, credible and transparent national elections will be held on December 24, the results of which will be accepted by all, “said Mr Kubik. JMC’s relentless efforts.