In an amended draft resolution issued by the United Nations, it has sounded very clearly, that all mercenaries in Libya need to move out as soon as possible. Despite agreeing on a Berlin Summit concluded recently, the involvement of mercenaries has not reduced. The draft also states that member states should “not intervene in the conflict or take measures that exacerbate the conflict.”
No date has been set for the resolution to be passed, but it has been indicated that Russia strongly opposes the mention of ‘mercenaries’ in the text.
Libya has been witness to a blood bath since 2011. Chaos has since then reigned supreme due to the involvement of NATO-backed uprising that killed longtime ruler Muammar Qaddafi, with two rival administrations vying for power.
In 2019, the conflict deepened when military strongman Khalifa Haftar launched an assault in April to seize Tripoli, the base of the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA). Haftar controls much of the south and east of Libya.
Tripoli is now being supported by Turkey and Russia isn’t happy with that because of Moscow’s support for Haftar. He also is backed by some other Middle Eastern countries while the GNA is also receiving support from Qatar.
The first version of the draft that did not mention any foreign fighters, is now adding on this statement, to make it loud and clear that foreign involvement has to stop. No names have been specified. However, UN envoy Ghassan Salame has accused “unscrupulous” foreign actors —of continuing to meddle in Libya’s conflict, in violation of the Berlin commitments.
Unfortunately, for the past 10 months, the UN Security Council has failed to adopt any resolution on the conflict in Libya.
Russia is accused of facilitating the arrival of several thousand Russian mercenaries in Libya, while Turkey allegedly brought Syrian rebel fighters into the north African nation. The amended draft though does mention “the African Union, League of the Arab States and European Union.”
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