UN: Nepali peacekeepers to stay put in Libya

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – Nepal will not recall its peacekeeping soldiers deployed in Tripoli, the United Nations said on Friday.

The statement comes days after some of the media claimed that Nepali peacekeeping troops deployed in the country were returning home as a result of the ongoing clashes between the Libyan National Army (LNA) and militias of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA).

“Contrary to reports, there’s no plan to withdraw the Nepalese Guard Unit.” The UN said before adding the Nepalese Guard Unit continues its work in Tripoli with the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

“We greatly value their contribution and continue reviewing contingency planning in light of developments on the ground.”

Nepal has a contingent of 231 peacekeepers under a lieutenant colonel in Libya. NA Major General Binoj Basnyat said it would be difficult for Nepali peacekeeping troops to return home even if the Nepali government took a decision on the issue, as they had been deployed in the country by the UN.

Rumors about Nepali peacekeepers started spreading after India and the United States withdrew their contingents from Tripoli.