UN envoy praises achievements of Libya’s Joint Military Commission

Jan Kubis, the United Nations (U.N.) special representative in Afghanistan, gestures during a news conference in Kabul, March 1, 2012. (REUTERS/Omar Sobhani)
Jan Kubis, the United Nations (U.N.) special representative in Afghanistan, gestures during a news conference in Kabul, March 1, 2012. (REUTERS/Omar Sobhani)

The United Nations (UN) envoy to Libya on Sunday praised the achievements secured by the Libyan 5+5 Joint Military Commission (JMC) since the signing of the comprehensive cease-fire agreement in Geneva a year ago.

“The cease-fire agreement has paved the road for the Libyan-led and-owned comprehensive political process towards the sustainable stability, unity, prosperity, and full sovereignty of Libya,” said Jan Kubis, the special envoy of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

“At the beginning of this month, the JMC has also reached another important milestone by signing a comprehensive Action Plan for the gradual, balanced, and sequenced withdrawal of mercenaries, foreign fighters, and foreign forces from Libya,” Kubis said in a statement.

The special envoy stressed support of the UN and its international partners for the commission in implementing the cease-fire agreement and the action plan through consultations with internal and external stakeholders.

He also stressed the significant role of the commission in confidence-building measures to resume oil exports, exchange detainees, and reopen airspace and the coastal road.

War erupted in April 2019 between the eastern-based army and the former UN-backed government of national accord in and around the capital Tripoli and lasted for more than a year, before the JMC signed a cease-fire agreement in Geneva in October 2020.

Last week, the first group of UN officials to support the Libyan cease-fire monitoring mechanism arrived in Libya, UNSMIL said.

The UN monitors will be working under the guidance of the JMC to monitor the cease-fire and verify the withdrawal of mercenaries, foreign fighters, and foreign forces.