UNSMIL Hails Western & Eastern Libyan Army Forces Cooperation

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The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) welcomed the creation of a new joint force, from both sides of the conflict. It is comprised of the 166th Battalion for Protection and Security, and the Tareq Bin Ziyad Brigade, which has been tasked to secure the Great Man-Made River (GMMR).

UNSMIL commended these efforts, conducted in coordination with the 5+5 Joint Military Commission (JMC), saying it is a very significant step forward towards the unification of the military institution, and the country.

“I strongly welcome this achievement, which would not only ensure the security of the Great Man-Made River and uninterrupted flow of water supply, but also paves the way for further confidence-building measures and eventually for the full implementation of the ceasefire agreement, as well as for the reunification of state institutions,” Head of UNSMIL, Jan Kubis said.

“This step sends a strong message to Libyans and international actors that Libyans are able, and willing to overcome their differences and come together in building a unified, stable, prosperous, and democratic country,” he added.