UN Secretary General calls for international monitoring of Libya ceasefire
The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has urged for an international monitoring mechanism of the Libya ceasefire, adding in a report to the Security Council that this mechanism could achieve consolidation of the truce in the country.
Guterres said the Libyan 5+5 Joint Military Commission agreed on the ceasefire and urged the Security Council for supporting it with a UN-supervised monitoring mission of unarmed personnel, adding in the report that the monitoring mechanism will work in 155 km² between Ben Jawad and Sirte, and 132 km² between Abu Grein and Sirte, as well as 277 km² between Soukna and Sirte.
The report said the mechanism will include supervisors from the African Union, European Union and the Arab League, explaining that the monitoring mission should help Libyan parties consolidate the ceasefire, withdraw foreign mercenaries and clear mines and explosives, which are three points included in the ceasefire agreement to be done in three months since signing in last October, but are still on pause amid violations of the truce.
The Sirte-Jufra Operations Room of the Government of National Accord rejected reopening Sirte-Misrata road last week in contradiction to the ceasefire agreement, saying it couldn't reopen the road while mercenaries were still positioned in Sirte and Jufra with Khalifa Haftar's forces constantly carrying out military build-ups in the region.