Panafrican News Agency

Support for results from 5+5 military commission in Libya at center of talks in Tripoli

Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Interior minister of the Libyan Government of National Accord, Fathi Bachagha, Monday discussed with the commander of the western military region, General Oussama Al-Jouweili, ways and means to support the results from the joint 5+5 military commission, an official source said here.

In October, the joint 5+5 military commission, comprising  five officers from each camp in conflict in Libya, the Government of National Accord and the Libyan National Army commanded by Marshall Khalifa Haftar, under the aegis of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), signed a permanent ceasefire deal.

It focused on the withdrawal of troops from the frontline to their barracks, the departure of foreign fighters and mercenaries and the opening of roads, in addition to the resumption of air transport. 

In a statement issued Monday, the ministry of Interior declared that the meeting between Bachagha and General Al-Jouweili discussed a certain number of military issues, particularly about the military and security support and the joint cooperation, as well as the examination of the political and security situation inside the country.

The same sources added that the meeting "also discussed the results from the joint 5+5 military commission and the ways and means to support it to attain positive results that serve the general interest, in addition to a certain number of issues of common interest".

After the signing of the permanent ceasefire deal in October in Geneva, the joint military commission met twice on the Libyan territory in the southwestern city of Ghadames and in Sirte (Center) to establish a monitoring committee, but the viewpoints agreed in the deal are yet to be implemented.

This situation raises concern from the acting Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Libya, at a time when the talks at the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum wee deadlocked over the formation of an executive committee in charge of managing the transition and supervising the organisation of general elections set for 24 December 2021.


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