6-13 January: UNSMIL announces its expectation that international monitors will be deployed to support the Libyan ceasefire

Jan 13, 2021 | International actors

This week the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) held the second meeting of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) and affirmed that it foresaw the deployment of a monitoring mission to Libya.

On 6 January, UNSMIL announced that it had convened the second virtual meeting of the LPDF’s Advisory Committee. The meeting focused on determining a selection mechanism and nomination procedures for a new transitional government for Libya, including a new Presidential Council (PC). Participants agreed that they would meet in person at the UN headquarters in Geneva from 13-16 January.

On 9 January, UNSMIL issued a statement announcing its ‘expectation’ that a limited number of international monitors will be deployed to support Libya’s 5+5 ceasefire agreement. The statement said the monitors would be ‘impartial, unarmed and non-uniformed’. The proposal of an UN monitoring mission to Libya was welcomed by Khalifa Haftar’s official spokesman, Ahmed Mismari.