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Libya... 5+5 Military Talks to Imminently Start in Sirte

Thu 04 Feb 2021 | 04:02 PM
Yassmine Elsayed

A second meeting of the 5 + 5 Joint Military Committee is scheduled to imminently start in Sirte, Libya.

The meeting has its agenda focusing on the mechanisms for the actual implementation of the outcomes of the Geneva meeting, specifically the exit of mercenaries and foreign forces from the country, as well as the opening of the coastal road.

Mean while, a remarkable security presence was spotted to assure the meeting to get on the way, which will take place for 3 consecutive days.

It is noteworthy that the 90-day deadline set by the Geneva Agreement signed between the two parties to the Libyan conflict, to expel foreign forces and mercenaries from Libyan territory, expired on January 23 without implementing that step. This raised questions and doubts about the Libyan parties' seriousness in implementing the ceasefire agreement.

The second point of the provisions of the Geneva Agreement, which was signed on October 23, stipulated that “all contact lines of military units and armed groups should be evacuated by returning them to their camps in conjunction with the departure of all mercenaries and foreign fighters from Libyan lands, by land, sea and air, within a maximum period of 3 months from the date of signing a ceasefire, freezing military agreements on training inside Libya, and training crews leaving until agreement is reached.

However, this too did not happen so far, which prompted the Libyan army at the time to accuse Turkey of being behind this obstruction.