Security Council extends UNSMIL mandate one more year

The UN Security Council has adopted a resolution to extend the mandate of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) for a year, till October 31, 2023.

The extension, authorized by Resolution 2656, is the first substantive renewal of UNSMIL’s mandate since September 2021.

The UN Security Council’s resolution unanimously supported by the 15-member council welcomed the appointment of Abdoulaye Bathily as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Libya and Head of UNSMIL, and urged all Libyan parties and key stakeholders to engage constructively and fully with the Special Representative in fulfillment of his mandate.

The resolution recognized the desire of the Libyan people for elections and urged the Libyan political institutions and key stakeholders to agree on a roadmap to deliver these elections as soon as possible, aiming at forming a unified Libyan government able to govern across the country and represent the whole people of Libya.

It emphasized that there can be no military solution in Libya, and called on all parties to refrain from violence or any other actions that could escalate tensions, exacerbate conflicts, and undermine the political process or the October 23, 2020, ceasefire in Libya.

It called on all parties to implement the ceasefire agreement in full and urges UN member states to respect and support its full implementation, including through the withdrawal of all foreign forces, foreign fighters, and mercenaries from Libya without further delay.


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