Conflict

Security Council Encourage Libyan Leaders to Hold Ceasefire for Eid

North Africa

The UN envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame, called for a truce between all parties in the Libyan conflict for the occasion of Eid al-Adha.

There is growing support for a ceasefire between all parties in the Libyan civil war after the most recent briefing by the UN envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame, during which he renewed calls for a truce.

Following the Security Council’s press release on July 5th, the members of the Council reiterated their commitment to establishing a ceasefire in this briefing. In particular, they called on all parties to abide by the any ceasefire that is implemented and to return as quickly as possible to the political peace process brokered by the UN.

Members also expressed their full support in a statement on Monday for UN envoy Ghassan Salame’s call for a truce to mark the occasion of Eid al-Adha in the Islamic calendar.

The briefing was also supported by the European Union, which similarly called on all parties in Libya to protect civilians, including migrants and refugees.

Despite this consensus, the briefing came in for heavy criticism by key figures and political parties in Tripoli, culminating in a protest note presented by the leader of the Presidential Council to the UN envoy, Fayez al-Sarraj, in which he described the ceasefire proposal as “fallacy” and dismissing its objectivity.

This came after Salame remarked in his Security Council briefing that the conflicting parties in Libya were using foreign mercenaries in aid of their causes, and that there are extremists fighting in southern Tripoli.

Immediately after the announcement of a ceasefire that will last throughout the days of Eid al-Adha, key figures began to reject the development and called for the continuation of the hostilities. Such statements came from figures allied with political factions on all sides.