Libya: 5+5 Joint Military Committee Sign on Action Plan to Remove All Foreign Forces and Mercenaries

The 5+5 Joint Military Commission (JMC) concluded today in Geneva a three-day meeting where they agreed on and signed a comprehensive Action Plan for the gradual, balanced and simultaneous removal of all foreign forces and mercenaries from Libya.

A statement published today by UNSMIL said the Action Plan was in alignment with the Ceasefire Agreement of 23 October 2020 and the UN Security Council resolutions 2570 and 2571 issued in 2021, along with the Berlin conference outcomes. UNSMIL said the Action Plan was a “nationally owned and led instrument, that is key to support the Libyans in regaining their sovereignty and integrity, maintain the peace, stability, and security of their country.”

The head of UNSMIL, Ján Kubiš welcomed the signing of the Action Plan, describing it as a “breakthrough achievement by the 5+5 JMC.” He said the agreement signed by the 5+5 JMC “responds to the overwhelming demand of the Libyan people and creates a positive momentum that should be built upon to move forward towards a stable and democratic stage, including through the holding of free, credible, and transparent national elections on 24 December, with results accepted by all.”

The statement said the JMC is developing an implementation mechanism for the “gradual, balanced, and sequenced departure of all mercenaries, foreign fighters, and foreign forces” from Libya. It said also that they will consult this plan with the concerned international partners and Libya’s neighbours for their support and cooperation.

UNSMIL said it “applauds the patriotism and commitment of the JMC members”, and urge them to seize this opportunity to implement in full the Ceasefire Agreement via the Action Plan and through the deployment of UN ceasefire monitors.

The statement by UNSMIL calls on member states to support the 5+5 JMC and the Libyan authorities “in implementing this Action Plan and stands ready to support the Libyan efforts in implementing the agreed-upon Action Plan as well to unify the military institution and to initiate a disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) and security sector reform (SSR) processes in Libya.”