Libyans await more tangible developments in military track negotiations

In October 2020, the 5+5 Joint Military Commission (JMC), consisting of a team representing the national army, and a team representing the Government of National Accord – at that time – signed a ceasefire agreement called the Permanent Agreement under the auspices of the acting UN envoy Stephanie Williams. That moment marked the launch of a military track along the political and economic tracks.

After that, the JMC, consisting of ten personalities, held meetings in Ghadames, during which it was agreed to unify visions and efforts and to agree that the military leadership would be in control of matters in the military track, and it was the control of arms.

However, despite the passage of many months since that important moment in 2020, the issue of implementation remains complicated. Until this moment, the 5+5 JMC has not been able to open the coastal road, despite having completed the preliminary path of clearing the road from Misurata to Sirte of mines, and Sirte’s hosting of a session of granting confidence to the government.

A member of the JMC, Faraj Al-Sawa, told 218News that they asked the United Nations Support Mission in Libya to name those obstructing the military track and those who reject its progress at various levels, during a meeting with the UN envoy, Jan Kubis.

He said they explained to Kubis that they want to move forward and overcome the obstacle represented by the elements of the Sirte-Al-Jufra operations room, based in the city of Misurata, as they do this for the purpose of extortion and to achieve gains for the political Islamists’ movement.

The military track was active following the end of the fierce battles in Tripoli, which spanned 14 months from April 2019 to June 2020, and today Libyans are seeking greater interaction within this path so that it does not falter and things return to the way they were.


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