The 5 + 5 Joint Military Committee (JMC) will meet in Sirte in mid-January, according to the UN envoy to Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily.

Speaking at a technical meeting of the International Working Group, Bathily said the JMC had achieved a level of readiness to start the ceasefire monitoring mechanism, which he said needs political will.

The 5 + 5 committee agreed to create the necessary conditions for establishing the UN ceasefire monitoring process in order to enhance confidence between the two sides and move forward with training local observers, Bathily added.

He explained that the JMC recommended initiating a dialogue with armed group leaders, finding meaningful solutions about their fate, establishing a subcommittee concerned with implementing this task, and starting the disarmament process.

Bathily also called on the countries participating in the technical meeting of the Working Group to support the Libyan authorities and institutions that are ready to lead their country to a better future and set aside their personal agendas in favour of the homeland.

"The current situation is no longer acceptable, as little progress was made to resolve the remaining outstanding issues since the postponement of elections last year," the UN envoy stated.