Libya: Security Council demands commitment to ‘a lasting ceasefire’
After what has reportedly been weeks of diplomatic negotiation, the UN Security Council passed a resolution on Wednesday aimed at stemming rising violence across Libya, demanding the warring parties commit to “a lasting ceasefire” according to terms agreed by military representatives from both sides at recent talks in Geneva.
The resolution reaffirms strong support for the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and its head, Special Representative Ghassan Salamé, and underlines the commitments made by the international community at last month’s Berlin Conference, which outlined a road map for talks, without significant progress so far on a lasting ceasefire.
The conflict escalated last April when the self-styled Libyan National Army which controls much of eastern and southern Libya, laid siege to southern Tripoli, in an effort to topple the UN-backed Government of National Accord.
Resolution 2510 recognizes the key role of African nations in ending the violence, notably the African Union and League of Arab States, and affirms “the need for a lasting ceasefire in Libya, at the earliest opportunity, without preconditions.”
Concern over terrorists, and mercenary involvement
The text also expresses grave concern at the involvement of terrorist groups, and “growing involvement of mercenaries in Libya”, noting the commitments made a the Berlin conference to abide by the Security Council-imposed arms embargo, “including by ceasing all support for and withdrawing all armed mercenary personnel, and demands all Member States not to intervene in the conflict”.
Resolution 2510 also expresses grave concern at the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Libya “including deteriorating living standards and insufficient provision of basic services and the situation faced by migrants, refugees, and internally displaced people.”