UNSMIL: Mine action teams cleared 120 km of coastal road

UNSMIL: Mine action teams cleared 120 km of coastal road

April 05, 2021 - 15:16
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Written By: SafaAlharathy

The Resident Humanitarian Coordinator and Deputy Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya, Georgette Gagnon, announced the completion of mine clearance operations along the 120 km coastal road, including the removal of 7.5 tons of explosive remnants of war, to facilitate the reopening of the road.

This came in her speech, Sunday, on the occasion of the International Day for Mine Risk Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, which was commemorated on Sunday in Tripoli, in the presence of Libyan officials and representatives of international organizations working in Libya.

"Since the signing of the ceasefire agreement in October 2020, we have once again seen how mine action is a critical first response and enables humanitarian response, protection of people, confidence-building measures, and early recovery," Gagnon said in her speech.

She indicated that the Joint Military Committee (5 + 5) appointed representatives to a mine action sub-committee to help guide in planning and operations for the implementation of the ceasefire agreement in the city of Sirte.

"This work will have a positive impact on the daily life of civilians, such as restoration of basic services, access to markets and freedom of safe movement," The UN official added, expressing the United Nations' pride to be a partner in this process and help the Libyan people at this crucial stage.