MADRID, 20 (EUROPA PRESS)
The UN special envoy for Libya, Jan Kubi, on Friday discussed with General Khalifa Haftar, who heads the forces loyal to the authorities based in the east of the country, the “ways to accelerate the full implementation of the high agreement fire “in the territory.
Kubi met with Haftar, commander of the Libyan National Army (ENL), in the city of Benghazi and in their conversation they agreed on the importance of “all parts of Libya committing themselves and facilitating the holding of national elections on the 24th. December “, according to the deputy spokesman of the UN General Secretariat, Farhan Haq, at a press conference.
Kubi’s team has also held a meeting in previous days in Tripoli with the president of the Presidential Council for Libya, Mohamed Almenfi, and the vice president of the same body, Abdullá al Lafi.
At this meeting, they discussed, among other issues, the ways in which the UN can support the acceleration of the implementation of the road map of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF).
On the other hand, the UN special envoy has also met with the Minister of Defense of the Government of National Accord and senior officials of the same, to analyze the security of the country and, also, the application of the ceasefire agreement, signed on October 23, as Haq explained.
DEPLOYMENT OF OBSERVERS
On the other hand, Haq has stressed, before the questions of different journalists, that so far the UN is not aware that foreign forces have left the country, but has reiterated the organization’s “call” for the parties to do so.
“It is something that we are discussing with all parties on the ground. Kubi will continue his work on this, just as he has continued to work with various parties on the ground on the issue of the deployment of ceasefire monitors,” has pointed out.
Regarding the deployment of international observers to supervise the ceasefire, he indicated that “we are not yet prepared to proceed (…), but it is something that the different parties are addressing and in the Libyan Joint Military Commission 5 + 5 (or JMC) “. “We are making progress,” he had an impact.
“Last week, the JMC met to consider the next steps to implement the ceasefire agreement, including deadlines, and as you know, this week, Kubi is following up on that issue with the various parties. So We are trying to finalize the ceasefire agreement, and then we can have a timetable for its deployment, “he reiterated.
In this context, he has clarified that to carry out the deployment is “trying to obtain the necessary” so that the observers can carry out their work “successfully”.
The Libyan Political Dialogue Forum elected in early February the transitional government that will work until the Libyan elections on December 24.
Former Libyan ambassador to Greece Mohammad Younes Menfi was elected president of the Presidential Council, and the vice-presidents are Musa Al Kuni, representative of southern Libya, and Abdullah al Lafi, deputy of the House of Representatives based in Tripoli.
Libya has been mired in crisis since the fall of its decades-long leader, Muammar Gaddafi, in 2011.
Currently there is a duality of powers: the interim Government together with the Parliament in Tobruk, chaired by Aguila Salé and which controls the eastern part and has the support of the Libyan National Army (ENL), and the Government of National Accord (GAN), headed by Tripoli-based Fayez al Sarraj.
On October 23, 2020, the GAN and the ENL signed the ceasefire agreement.