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United Nations extends the mandate of its mission in Libya for a year

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The UN Security Council on Thursday unanimously adopted a resolution extending a year until September 15, 2020, to mandate its political mission in Libya, adding to it the task of supporting a “possible ceasefire”.

The text, prepared by the United Kingdom, asks UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to present options to the Security Council to “achieve a sustainable ceasefire” in Libya.

Guterres will have to determine the “potential role” that the UN mission in Libya could play in support of the ceasefire, the resolution said.

The addendum came at the request of UN envoy to Libya Ghassan Salameh. The latter has sought to halt the fighting and revive a political settlement process since the forces of Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter launched an offensive in early April to take control of Tripoli, which is controlled by the UN-recognized government of national reconciliation.

According to diplomats, if a cease-fire is implemented, a second resolution could be adopted quickly to form a mission to verify its implementation, similar to the one set up for Hodeidah in Yemen since the beginning of the year.

A spokesman for the forces loyal to Haftar Ahmed al-Mesmari on Saturday that “a military solution is the best solution to restore security and law enforcement,” adding, “We have reached the finals of this battle.”

In his last address to the Security Council on September 4, Salama asked the foreign countries involved in one way or another to agree to end the conflict.

Some forces are accused of taking part in a proxy war in Libya, which has plunged into anarchy since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in 2011 after the revolution.

Turkey and Qatar are supporters of the National Accord government headed by Faiz Al Sarraj, while Hifter is supported by the UAE, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

According to the United Nations, fighting has killed 1,093 people and injured 5,752 since April and forced 120,000 people to flee.

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