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Libyan Security Working Group reiterates support for 5+5 JMC and ceasefire

The Security Working Group (SWG) for Libya, represented by the African Union, France, Italy, Turkey, and the United Kingdom as well as the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) held on last Wednesday a virtual meeting renewed the call on all parties to accelerate the implementation of the ceasefire, voicing support the work of the 5+5 Joint Military Commission (JMC).

UNSMIL said Saturday in a statement that the SWG urged for the opening of the Coastal Road between Abu Grein and Sirte, as well as the immediate “repatriation of all foreign fighters and mercenaries”.

Meanwhile, the acting envoy of the UN, Stephanie Williams, hailed the efforts of the 5+5 Joint Military Commission and the progress made so far towards the implementation of the Ceasefire Agreement, including the recent exchanges of detainees conducted under the JMC’s supervision, as part of wider confidence-building measures; the resumption of flights to all parts of Libya; the full resumption of oil production and export; as well as the proposed unification and restructuring of the Petroleum Facilities Guards.

UNSMIL reaffirmed that it “foresees the deployment of a limited number of impartial, unarmed, non-uniformed, international monitors, to complement the Libyan monitors deployed by the 5+5 JMC,” as stated by the UN Secretary General in his report to the Security Council on 30 December 2020, in which he proposed ceasefire support arrangements, through the establishment of a monitoring component as part of UNSMIL.

“The Secretary General’s report stressed that the implementation of the ceasefire agreement must be Libyan-led and Libyan-owned as well as complementary to the ongoing efforts of the Libyan 5+5 JMC in the implementation of the ceasefire agreement.” UNSMIL added.

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