AA / Libya
Washington said on Saturday that the progress made by the Libyan Joint Military Commission (5 + 5) may help politicians to reach an agreement on the conduct of the elections.
This is what emerges from a brief statement issued by Washington’s Ambassador to Tripoli, Richard Norland, and relayed by the United States Embassy on his Twitter account.
On Friday, the Commission concluded three-day meetings in the Swiss city of Geneva, following which it was agreed “ to adopt an action plan to withdraw all mercenaries, foreign fighters and foreign forces from the Libyan territory in a progressive way, balanced at the right time “.
“The progress made by the military leaders of the 5 + 5 Joint Military Commission could serve as an example for political leaders to reach an agreement on the elections,” he concluded.
The meetings of the Libyan Mixed Military Commission (includes 5 members of the legitimate Libyan government and 5 other members of the militia of the putschist general Khalifa Haftar), began on Wednesday, in the Swiss city of Geneva, to put in place an action plan for the withdrawal of mercenaries from the country, according to the United Nations Mission.
Libya, an oil-rich country, endured years of armed conflict. With the support of Arab and Western countries, the militia of retired General Khalifa Haftar, made up of foreign fighters – including mercenaries from the Russian Wagner group – disputed the internationally recognized former Libyan government for legitimacy and l authority over the country.
A way out of the crisis has been looming in Libya since the government of national unity and the new Presidential Council took office on March 16, 2021, to lead the country to the legislative and presidential elections scheduled for December 24.
Nevertheless, tensions have arisen recently between the governing institutions in Libya, due to the differences between the House of Representatives on the one hand and the High Council of State, the Union Government and the Presidential Council on the other, in particular on prerogatives and electoral laws.
* Translated from Arabic by Hajer Cherni
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