A+ A-

Major events of 2021 in Libya

KUWAIT, Dec 28 (KUNA) -- Here are the main events in the Arab world throughout 2021, we continue with the Republic of Libya.

Jan 16: The Libyan Advisory Committee agrees on a mechanism for choosing a temporary executive authority to run the country until the elections in December.

Jan 19: The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres appoints Slovic diplomat Jan Kubis as the UN Special Envoy for Libya and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). Feb 5: The United Nation announced the formation of the Libyan Interim Presidential Council, headed by Mohammad Al-Menfi.
March 10: The Libyan House of Representatives grants confidence to the Government of National Unity headed by the Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibeh with a majority of 132 votes.
March 26: The European Union extends military operation IRINI, in the Mediterranean cross the Libyan shores, for two more years.
April 4: The head of the European Council Charles Michel emphasized the importance of the new Libyan government, led by abdulhameed Al-Dbaiba.
April 20: The tripartite Committee on Libya including the Arab League, the United Nations, The European Union, and the African Union emphasized importance of immediate expulsion of foreign fighters from Libya, to help the country to regain full sovereignty and protect its security and stability.
May 4: Kuwait's Foreign Minister Sheikh Dr. Ahmad hand a letter from the His Highness the Amir to the Chairman of the Presidential Council Dr. Mohammad Al-Manfi, tackling the bilateral ties between both nations and means to boost them at all levels.
May 28: The Libyan Foreign Minister Najlaa Al-Mangoush announced an agreement with EU on securing the borders, as a step towards limiting the illegal immigration towards Europe from Libya.
June 19: EU decided to renew the mission of the European Integrated Border Management Assistance Mission in Libya (EUBAM Libya), until the end of June 2023, to allow the Libyan authorities build the security infrastructure, and to conduct the agreed projects with international partners.
June 21: The European Foreign Affairs Council decided to impose further sanctions on figures and bodies posing danger to the security and stability of Libya.
June 23: UN Secretary General Antonio?Guterres, criticizes the "foreign interference" in Libya, considering it an obstacle of stability and an end to the violence the country has been experiencing.
June 23: Sixteen countries taking part in Berlin II conference vow to withdraw the foreign forces and Mercenaries from the Libyan lands totally, based on the truce agreement signed last October in Geneva, Switzerland.
June 30: UN Special Envoy?for?Libya?and Head of The United Nations Support Mission for Libya?(UNSMIL) Jan Kubis, and a number of countries actively involved in the situation in Libya call on the conflicting parties in Libya, including the Libyan political dialogue meeting met in Switzerland, to settle down the constitutional base for the elections.
July 3: Assistant Secretary-General and United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Coordinator Raisedon Zenenga declared the end of Libya's political dialogue forum in Geneva without reaching a deal regarding the constitutional base of holding presidential and parliamentary elections in December.
July 30: Libya re-opened the costal road between Sirt and Misrata, in a key move to unify the country, and boost the national institutions.
August 11: The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) held a virtual meeting of Libya's political dialogue forum during which it reviewed the four proposals in attempt to reach a deal on a constitutional basis to hold polls on December 24.
August 18: The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) called on all parties to avoid deployment of security forces to maintain the implementation of the cease-fire signed on October 23, 2020.
August 26: A high-level Libyan delegation and Tunisian officials discussed re-opening borders and some pending files, mainly activating the bilateral economic and commercial deals.
September 5: Libya's national unity government said it released al-Saadi Gaddafi, former president Muamar Gaddafi's son, and all prisoners acquitted finally by judiciary.
September 6: Head of Libya's presidential council Mohammad Menfi launched a national reconciliation project in the country, welcoming the release of officials of the former regime.
September 21: Spokesperson for Libya's parliament Abdullah Blehaq declared the withdrawal of confidence from the national unity government with 89 votes out of 113.
September 21: The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) expressed concern about the parliament's withdrawal confidence from the government led by Abdulhamid Dbebah.
Dec 2: A Libyan court ruled that the son of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi could run for president, as arguments intensified over the conduct of an election aimed at ending a decade of turmoil.
Dec 8: Libya Higher Council called for delaying presidential election to February amid growing jostling over the rules and legal basis of a vote aimed at ending a decade of instability.
Dec 13: The Special Advisor to UN Secretary General Stephanie Williams confirms election in Libya will take place on schedule, which is December 24.
Dec 22: Libya parliament committee says its impossible to conduct the election on due date.
Dec 23: United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) calls on Libyan parties involved to work on ending disputes, boost current preparations to hold a national election.
Dec 24: In a joint statement United States, France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom expressed "strong support" for the ongoing efforts of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) to further "a Libyan-led and Libyan-owned process towards the holding of free, fair and inclusive elections." (end) ed