Security Council renews work of UNSMIL; adds new mandate to support ceasefire in Tripoli

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NEW YORK – The United Nations’ Security Council on Thursday unanimously adopted a resolution renewing for one year, until September 15, 2020, its political mission in Libya, adding to it a mandate to support a possible ceasefire in Tripoli, French newspaper Le Figaro reports.

Written by the United Kingdom, the text calls on the UN Secretary-General António Guterres to present options to the Security Council “to achieve a lasting ceasefire” in Libya.

In this regard, he will have to specify the “possible role” that the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) could perform “to support” a ceasefire, the resolution says.

This addition was requested by the UN envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salamé, during his briefing to the Security Council on September 4.

Le Figaro reported, citing diplomatic sources, if a ceasefire occurs, a second resolution could be adopted quickly to, for example, create a verification mission of its application, a little like the one that exists for Hodeida in Yemen since the beginning of the year.

In April, the Libyan National Army (LNA) launched a military operation to fight against militias and terrorist groups, which have been the main cause of chaos in the capital since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. In response, the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) forged an alliance with these militias, claiming that LNA wants overthrow Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj.


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