The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, demanded Thursday that “all foreign forces and all foreign mercenaries should withdraw from Libya and leave the Libyans alone.”
This came in a press conference held by the Secretary-General at the permanent headquarters of the United Nations in New York.
“It is very clear that the Libyans are doing their part, and it is imperative that everyone involved in the crisis of their country do their part as well,” Guterres said.
He added, “The Libyans are making a remarkable effort to work together. I mean, we have seen the Joint Military Committee reach an agreement on a ceasefire. This agreement is steadfast, and we have seen the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum agree on a number of key issues from elections to the nature of the transitional governing entity to the criteria for forming that entity.” To governance, and we see progress in reforming the economy. ”
“There is an intention among the Libyans that they have a timeframe. I hope that this will be respected and therefore it is necessary that all foreign forces and all foreign mercenaries move first to Benghazi and Tripoli, and from there to leave and leave the Libyans alone, because the Libyans have already proven that, if they are left alone, Are able to solve their problems. ”
Libya has been suffering, for years, an armed conflict. With the support of Arab and Western countries, the coup militia, Khalifa Haftar, the internationally recognized Libyan government, has been fighting over legitimacy and authority in the oil-rich country.