News ID: 291545
Published: 0204 GMT March 13, 2021

UNSC calls for withdrawal of foreign troops, mercenaries from Libya

UNSC calls for withdrawal of foreign troops, mercenaries from Libya
HAKEAM EL-YAMANY/AP

Benghazi in February 2021, the month when Libyans marked the 10th anniversary of their 2011 uprising that led to the overthrow and killing of former leader Muammar Qaddafi.

The United Nations Security Council called for the withdrawal of all foreign forces and mercenaries from Libya "without further delay" in a unanimously approved declaration.

It also welcomed the Libyan parliament's approval of a new unified government on Wednesday, which is set to lead the oil-rich country to December elections after a decade of conflict following the removal of Muammar Qaddafi, AFP reported.

"The Security Council calls on all parties to implement the cease-fire agreement in full and urges Member States to respect and support the full implementation of the agreement," the statement approved by all 15 council members said.

According to the global body, around 20,000 foreign troops and mercenaries remained in Libya at the end of 2020, and no withdrawals have been observed since.

"The Security Council calls for full compliance with the UN arms embargo by all Member States, in line with the relevant Security Council resolutions," the text said.

The arms embargo imposed since the NATO-led mission to overthrow Qaddafi has been violated regularly for years, according to UN experts responsible for its implementation.

Their annual report is expected in the coming days.

The experts have previously denounced the presence in Libya of Russian mercenaries, Turkish troops and armed groups from different countries.

"The Security Council recognizes the need to plan for the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of armed groups, security sector reform and to establish an inclusive, civilian-led security architecture for Libya as a whole," the statement added.

 

 

 

   
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