The United Nations Support Mission (UNSMIL) applauded in a statement on Thursday the patriotism and commitment of the 5+5 Joint Military Commission (JMC) working as one, encouraging the JMC to seize this opportunity to further the full implementation of the Ceasefire Agreement, assisted by the UN through the deployment of the first group of UN ceasefire monitors, which took place on 21 October.

UNSMIL called on the member states to support the JMC and Libyan authorities, as well as the neighboring countries, in implementing the departure of all mercenaries and foreign fighters in a manner that ensures the stability of Libya and all neighboring countries.

The UN envoy to Libya Jan Kubis described the outcomes of the meeting with Chad, Niger and Sudan representatives as “an important achievement enabling to take practical steps for the departure of all mercenaries and foreign fighters coming from these countries as a first step towards the full and timely implementation of 23 October 2020 Ceasefire Agreement, in line with UNSC resolution 2570 (2021).” 

Kubis added that this responds to the overwhelming demand of the Libyan people and further creates a positive momentum in light of the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections on December 24.

Meanwhile, the member of the Libyan 5+5 JMC, Emraji Al-Emmami, said the JMC is going to meet with officials from Turkey and Russia separately to discuss the exit of foreign forces and mercenaries from Libya under international supervision.

Al-Emmami said another meeting will be held by the JMC with Egyptian officials after Paris Conference on Libya this month, saying it will be similar to the JMC recent meeting in Cairo with representatives from Chad, Sudan and Niger, who said they were ready to facilitate the mercenaries and fighters in a way that wouldn't affect stability in their countries and the region, according to a statement by UN envoy to Libya Jan Kubis.