Security Council Extends UN Mission in Libya’s Mandate

New York, The Security Council decided to extend the mandate of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) until September 15, 2017.

The 15-member Council also decided that, in full accordance with the principle of national ownership, the integrated special political mission should exercise mediation and good offices functions to support implementation of the Libyan Political Agreement, consolidation of the Government of National Accord’s governance, security and economic arrangements, and subsequent phases of Libya’s transition process.

The Security Council decided in its resolution that UNSMIL, within operational and security constraints, should support key Libyan institutions, support, on request, for the provision of essential services, and delivery of humanitarian assistance and in accordance with humanitarian principles, human rights monitoring and reporting, as well as support for securing uncontrolled arms and related materiel and countering their proliferation.

The Council encouraged UNSMIL to continue working towards a phased return to a permanent presence in Libya, as security conditions would allow, and to make the necessary security arrangements to that effect.

Source: Qatar News Agency