The Libyan Address Journal
The 5+5 Joint Military Committee held on Wednesday evening a closed meeting at the headquarters of the members of the committee at the Mahari Hotel in Sirte, as the committee began its meeting in the city on Tuesday under the auspices of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya.
The meeting of the Joint Military Committee comes within the sixth round, and it is the first to be held at the permanent headquarters of the committee, which was agreed upon during the fifth round meetings hosted by the city of Ghadames last week.
The United Nations Support Mission in Libya was represented during this round of meetings by Salim Raad, head of the Mission’s Security Reform Sector.
Sources reported that the Military Committee discussed during its meeting in the morning period “the mechanism for opening the coastal road between Sirte and Tripoli, and the security arrangements in the city and securing the roads after they are opened.”
The sources added that the committee also discussed the formation of joint sub-committees between the Ministries of Interior of the Government of National Accord and the Interim Government, as well as the formation of military sub-committees concerned with the withdrawal of forces from the front-lines and the removal of mines in the framework of implementing the ceasefire agreement signed in Geneva.
The sources stated that the sub-committees that will be formed will work on preparing an implementation plan and submitting it to the Joint Military Committee for approval, noting that the Sirte meetings “are taking place in a positive atmosphere between the committee’s parties.”
The Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Libya, Stephanie Williams, noted during a press conference held in Tunis on Wednesday evening, that the Joint Military Committee will present a briefing to the press on the outputs and actions taken during the sixth round of talks on Thursday evening.