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UN envoy, Menfi discuss steps to start mercenaries’ withdrawal

The Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Libya and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya Jan Kubis met in Tobruk with the Head of the Presidential Council of Libya Mohamed Menfi and briefed him on key elements of the recently adopted UN Security Council Resolutions no. 2570 (2021) and no. 2571 (2021) as well as on his recent engagement with regional and international interlocutors.

According to a statement by the UNSMIL, Kubis and Menfi discussed ways to expedite the implementation of the Ceasefire Agreement in full, without any further delay with the opening of the coastal road as a necessary confidence-building step.

“Special Envoy Kubis and President Menfi also discussed needed steps at national and international levels to start the withdrawal process of mercenaries and foreign fighters and forces from the entirety of Libya without any delay as requested by the UN Security Council.” The statement indicated.

It added that Menfi had expressed concern about the situation in Chad and its impact on Libya and the region, saying he further elaborated on the steps being taken by the Presidential Council to meet these challenges. The meeting also touched upon the PC efforts towards the unification of critical military and security institutions.

Meanwhile, Kubis praised the PC efforts to initiate a comprehensive rights-based national reconciliation and transitional justice process, including through the establishment of the High National Reconciliation Commission.

He expressed the UN readiness to support this process in cooperation with the African Union and urged better representation of Libyan women in key leadership and decision-making positions, while Menfi reiterated the PC commitment to the holding of national elections on 24 December of this year.

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