Williams: Libyan 5+5 military commission agreed to reopen cross-city land and air routes

Williams: Libyan 5+5 military commission agreed to reopen cross-city land and air routes

October 21, 2020 - 19:49
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

UNSMIL said tha the two Libyan dialogue parties had reached agreement on several important issues which directly impact the lives and welfare of the Libyan people.

"After two days of the first face-to-face direct talks between the two Libyan delegations to the 5+5 Joint Military Commission, which have been marked by a great degree of patriotism and professionalism and insistence on maintaining Libya’s unity and defending the country’s sovereignty, the two sides of the 5+5 talks agreed to the opening of the land routes that connect all the regions and cities of Libya. 

"The parties agreed to initiate joint security arrangements with a special focus on the road for the land routes from Shuwerif to Sebha to Murzuq, from Abu Grein to Jufra and the coastal road from Misrata to Sirte and onwards to Ajdabiya." UNSMIL said.

It added that the 5+5 talks parties agreed to the opening of air routes throughout Libya, especially flights to Sebha, which is the administrative capital of the region. 

"The 5+5 agreed on the need to end the use of inflammatory and escalatory media rhetoric, to halt the use of hate speech and they urged the judicial authorities to take the necessary deterrence measures to hold accountable the channels and social media platforms promoting hate speech and incite for violence, while ensuring that freedom of expression and speech is protected." UNSMIL indicated.

It said they also agreed to send a direct message to these channels and platforms, including those attached to both sides to refrain from airing content that constitutes hate speech.

UNSMIL remarked that the two sides agreed to support and continue the current calm on the frontlines and to avoid any military escalation.

"They also agreed to support efforts underway, especially those undertaken by the elders’ councils towards the exchange of detainees." UNSMIL explained.

It said that the two sides agreed to delegate the commanders of the petroleum facilities guards from the east and west to work directly with a representative appointed by the National Oil Corporation to present a recommendation for the restructuring of the Petroleum Facilities Guards which will ensure the increase and continuation of the flow of oil.

"The agreements reached by the two sides in the last two days are based on the recommendations put forward by the joint military and security committee that met last month in the Egyptian city of Hurghada. The two sides will today take up the issue of arrangements for Libya’s central region, paving the way for a ceasefire agreement." UNSMIL further explained.