Chiefs of staff of Libya's two rival camps arrive in Cairo to support 5+5 commission meetings

Ahram Online , Thursday 16 Jun 2022

Chiefs of staff of Libya's eastern and western rival administrations arrived in Cairo on Thursday to support the meetings of the Libyan 5+5 military commission that kicked off in the Egyptian capital on Wednesday.

The Egyptian Capital is hosting a new round of talks between the members of the Libyan 5+5 military commission

Eastern based Libyan Chief of General Staff Abdul-Razek Al-Nadori and chief of staff of the western-based Government of National Unity Mohamed Al-Haddad affirmed their keenness to ensure the success of the round of talks to settle the Libyan crisis and restore the unity of the Libyan military institution.

The visit asserts the necessity of depending on the official military institutions as being the guarantor of preserving the security and stability of Libya, the Egyptian news agency MENA said.

The 5+5 Libyan Joint Military Commission (JMC), which comprises five military officials from the eastern and western sides of the Libyan conflict, was one of three tracks in the settlement process that emerged from the Berlin Conference on Libya in mid-January 2020.

The new round of talks of the JMC looks at efforts to unify the Libyan military institution and shore up the ceasefire across the country. It also discusses means of the simultaneous and unconditional withdrawal of mercenaries and foreign fighters from Libyan territory.

The meetings come at the time when Cairo is also hosting consultations at different levels between Libyan officials from both camps on constitutional amendments for Libya’s long-awaited elections.

The UN-third round of talks brings together lawmakers from Libya's east-based parliament and the High Council of State, an advisory body from western Libya.

The round, set to conclude on Sunday, aims to discuss the remaining articles of the constitutional draft, which covers rights and freedoms as well as legislative and judicial authority, according to the UN special adviser on Libya, Stephanie Williams.

The dispute over the constitutional framework of the election was among major challenges that caused planned national elections to fail in December 2021.

The oil-rich country has been wrecked by conflict since a NATO-backed uprising toppled and murdered longtime President Muammar Gadhafi in 2011. The country has for years been split between rival administrations in the east and west, each supported by different militias and foreign governments.

The meetings come days after clashes erupted last week in Tripoli between rival militias, leaving at least one person dead and causing significant material damage, according to AFP.

Authorities in Tripoli said an investigation has been opened into the incident, which has raised fears of reviving violence in the conflict-torn country.

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