The Security Council of the United Nations has decided to extend its mandate of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) until 15 September 2020.
It would now be treated as an integrated special political mission to support an inclusive political process in Libya and continued implementation of the Libyan Political Agreement.
In a meeting, it was decided that the mission will support the consolidation of the Government of National Accord as well as a possible ceasefire and subsequent phases of the Libyan transition process, including the constitutional process and the organization of elections.
The Council has further decided that this mission should be able to offer assistance to key Libyan institutions, support — on request — the provision of essential services and delivery of humanitarian assistance, undertake human rights monitoring and reporting, extend support for securing uncontrolled arms and related material, and assist efforts led by the Government of National Accord to stabilize post-conflict zones, including those liberated from Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh).
The decision is meant to ensure that all attempts are made to. Further, at the meeting, it was decided that all member states shall comply with the arms embargo. This would hold well for Egypt and France which are known to have broken the embargo.
In June this year, The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) unanimously extended the ban on flow of weapons to Libya till 2020, even though infighting between rebel forces backed by Haftar were going on with the UN-backed government, and showed no signs of stopping.
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