This week the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) held the second meeting of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) and affirmed that it foresaw the deployment of a monitoring mission to Libya.

On 6 January, UNSMIL announced that it had convened the second virtual meeting of the LPDF’s Advisory Committee. The meeting focused on determining a selection mechanism and nomination procedures for a new transitional government for Libya, including a new Presidential Council (PC). Participants agreed that they would meet in person at the UN headquarters in Geneva from 13-16 January.

On 9 January, UNSMIL issued a statement announcing its ‘expectation’ that a limited number of international monitors will be deployed to support Libya’s 5+5 ceasefire agreement. The statement said the monitors would be ‘impartial, unarmed and non-uniformed’. The proposal of an UN monitoring mission to Libya was welcomed by Khalifa Haftar’s official spokesman, Ahmed Mismari.