The European Union has promised to carry out a military mission under the supervision of the United Nations to support the political track in Libya, according to a European diplomat.
The Eastern Herald correspondent reported on Monday, that a European document containing the details of the mission revealed that its goal is to restrict external competition in Libya, and added that the European document criticizes Turkey’s role in Libya without naming it.
On Saturday, the head of the Libyan National Unity Government, Abdel Hamid al-Dabaiba, pledged that his country would not keep any foreign force or mercenaries on its soil and that the elections would be a “reality”.
The “Libya Al-Ahrar” channel quoted Dabaiba as saying at the time, after his return from New York, that the government would not stand in the way of the Libyans’ desire, noting that he called for “activating sanctions against the instigators and obstructions at home and abroad.”
No to mercenaries
It is noteworthy that Dabaiba affirmed Thursday before the Security Council that Libya is living “a glimmer of hope to get out of the dark tunnel it has been going through” for years.
Dabaiba added that the exit of mercenaries from Libya is one of the “most important things facing us,” stressing that “their continued presence poses a threat to the political process.” He continued, “The government confirms that the continued presence of foreign forces on Libyan soil is unacceptable.”
He stressed that the unification of the Libyan state institutions is “necessary”, pointing out that the state has succeeded in unifying most institutions. He urged the House of Representatives and the Supreme Council of State to unify the rest of the political institutions.
Syrian mercenaries in Libya
It is noteworthy that the Libyan government had stressed, in a statement last month, the urgent importance of removing all mercenaries, foreign forces and armed groups, to achieve security and stability within the framework of a comprehensive plan.
At the time, Libyan Foreign Minister Najla al-Manqush expressed her optimism about this file, stressing that international forces had made progress during the Berlin talks regarding the expulsion of foreign fighters from the country, although the final statement issued by the United Nations-backed conference did not specify any concrete new measures.
It is noteworthy that in addition to the thousands of Syrian mercenaries that Ankara has brought over the past months to Libyan territory, where about 6000 of them are still stationed there, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, it has also sent hundreds of soldiers and military advisors to Tripoli and other Libyan regions.