UNSC meeting on Libya reiterates need for elections and withdrawal of foreign forces

Jul 15, 2021 | International actors

On 15 July, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) held a meeting on Libya chaired by French Foreign Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian and attended by 15 Member States. The delegates issued a statement stressing the importance of free and fair presidential and parliamentary elections in Libya and urging Libyan authorities and institutions to clarify the constitutional basis for the polls. It called on the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) to take steps to facilitate the elections and welcomed efforts by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) to encourage the Forum to develop proposals for a fair and inclusive electoral process. It encouraged Member States and Libyan actors to fully implement the 23 October 2020 ceasefire agreement including the withdrawal of foreign forces and mercenaries and asserted that Member States must comply with the arms embargo.