Middle East Monitor – Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Libya Jan Kubis arrived in war torn country on Monday to meet Libyan interlocutors and officials with the aim of advancing the implementation of the Ceasefire Agreement and the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) Roadmap leading up to the holding of national elections on 24 December.
According to Kubis’ official statement yesterday, he held a series of meetings with high-level Libyan officials, including the country’s Foreign Minister Najla El-Mangoush. Both reiterated the need to withdraw all foreign forces and mercenaries without delay.
They also agreed on strengthening the UN-Libyan cooperation, including through facilitating the humanitarian support to irregular migrants and refugees and their voluntary repatriation and resettlement, and the work of UN agencies to ensure better humanitarian and development support to the Libyan people.
Kubis also held talks with Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah on the recently adopted UN Security Council resolutions and ways to implement them as well as the progress in Libya’s political process and the preparations for the national elections.
On 5 February Libya’s rival political groups agreed in UN-mediated talks to form an interim unity government to lead the country to elections this December, tasking Dbeibah with forming a new government.
Libyan civilians hope UN-led mediated talks and ceasefire will end years of civil war that have destroyed the country since the ouster and killing of strongman Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.