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Head of UN mission in Libya calls for the unification of military institutions

The UN mission in Libya praised what it described as the continuous progress in the security track, after the meeting of military leaders of the Libyan army and the (5 + 5) committee in Tripoli.

A few days ago, the Libyan capital, Tripoli, hosted a high-level military meeting that included military leaders from the east and west of the country, including the Chief of Staff of the Libyan National Army, Lieutenant-General Abdel Razek Al-Nadori, and his counterpart in the outgoing Government of National Unity, Muhammad Al-Haddad.

The two parties discussed with the (5 + 5) committee, the mechanism of unifying the country’s military institutions and working to implement the ceasefire agreement.

The Acting Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya and Coordinator of the Mission, Rizdon Zninga, stressed the need to continue efforts to implement the ceasefire agreement in Libya.
He affirmed the continuous cooperation between the UN ceasefire monitors and their Libyan counterparts to activate the ceasefire monitoring mechanisms in the country.

The Military Committee 5 + 5 had agreed in October 2020 to an immediate ceasefire inside the country, and to evacuate all contact lines from military units and armed groups “militias” by returning them to their camps in conjunction with the exit of all mercenaries and foreign fighters from Libyan territory by land, sea, and air According to the text of the signed agreement.

During his meeting with the five members of the Joint Military Committee of the General Command of the Libyan Arab Armed Forces in Benghazi, Zeninga called for efforts toward implementing the ceasefire agreement and reunifying military institutions, which will achieve positive results that address long-standing challenges in Libya.

The UN mission said in a tweet via Twitter that the meeting witnessed an exchange of views on the consequences of the current political impasse on the security situation in the country, including the recent clashes between armed formations in Tripoli and Misrata, as well as the closure of parts of the coastal road in western Libya.

Armed clashes erupted last Thursday between the (Rada) militias and the presidential guard under the command of Ayoub Bouras, which resulted in the killing of dozens of civilians and the destruction of some homes, shops, and public and private institutions in the Libyan capital, Tripoli.

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