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UN Envoy, Great Powers’ Envoys Reaffirm Libya Election Date

Jan Kubis, UN special envoy for Libya, addresses a press conference after talks with the German foreign minister in Berlin, Germany, March 18, 2021. (Photo by Kay Nietfeld / POOL / AFP)

In a high level meeting between UNSMIL Ján Kubiš and envoys of great powers it has been reaffirmed that general elections should be held on December 24 and that foreign forces and militias must get out of Libya.

Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Libya and Head of the UNSMIL Ján Kubiš, accompanied by Coordinator Raisedon Zenenga,  held a meeting on Monday 26 April with Special Envoys, Ambassadors and other senior officials representing  France, UK, US , Germany and Italy in the P3+2 format.

The meeting comes after the cancelled meeting between the Parliament and Council of Ministers which was to be held in Benghazi on Monday 26 April. It was supposed that meeting would debate the general budget and to approve it.

Participants reiterated the importance of committing to the date of elections on 24 December and of expediting the withdrawal of mercenaries and foreign fighters and forces from Libya, in accordance with the Ceasefire Agreement and relevant UN Security Council Resolutions, including the recently adopted UNSCRs 2570 (2021) and 2571 (2021). 

The meeting also discussed possible next steps to implement the LPDF Roadmap and the UNSC Resolutions.

In the same context, the Special Envoy held telephone conversations with high -level representatives of the GIS of  Egypt, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Mikhail Bogdanov and NATO Deputy Secretary-General  Mircea Geoană.

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