5+5 JMC to start clearing mines ahead of reopening coastal road

The Head of the Government of National Accord’s (GNA) delegation of the 5+5 Joint Military Commission (JMC), Ahmed Bushahma, said the meeting of the JMC in Sirte had discussed clearing mines and explosive remnants of war in the presence of the subcommittee members.

Bushahma told Libya Alharar, after he and the delegation arrived in Tripoli’s Mitiga airport, that they had started working on reopening the coastal road between west and east regions.

He also said that the 5+5 JMC had confirmed the need to work on withdrawing mercenaries and foreign fighters.

In the meantime, the 5+5 JMC delegations welcomed Saturday the outcomes of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) and the election of a new Presidential Council and Prime Minister.

The 5+5 JMC also hailed the efforts of the UNSMIL in achieving this historic step, thanking as well the field military leaders for their commitment to the ceasefire and for paving the way for releasing detainees and making the political process successful.

The member of the 5+5 JMC for the Government of National Accord, Mukhtar Naqasa, told reporters in a press conference after the meeting in Ouagadougou Hall in Sirte, that the delegations had agreed to start removing mines to pave the way for reopening the coastal road: Sirte-Misrata road, adding that work will start on February 10.

Naqasa said the measures agreed upon in the meeting will begin February 10, as both delegations had vowed to implement all points of the ceasefire agreement, which was signed last October in Geneva.

He reiterated the keenness of the 5+5 JMC to withdraw all foreign mercenaries and fighters from Libya, urging the Security Council and Libya stakeholders to help implement the ceasefire in the country.


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