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UN welcomes reopening of Libya's coastal road

31 Jul 2021, 10:49 GMT+10

TRIPOLI, July 30 (Xinhua) -- The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Friday welcomed the reopening of the coastal road connecting eastern and western Libya after nearly two years of closure.

"In addition to other significant confidence-building measures achieved thus far, such as the resumption of flights and the exchange of detainees, the opening of the coastal road is a critical step to further the implementation of the Cease-fire Agreement of Oct. 23 2020 and, equally importantly, to allow the free movement of commerce, humanitarian support and the people of Libya," said Jan Kubis, the UN Secretary-General's special envoy for Libya and head of UNSMIL, in a UNSMIL statement.

"The next major step in the Ceasefire Agreement's implementation process is to commence the withdrawal of all mercenaries, foreign fighters, and forces from Libya without delay," he added.

The announcement was made following the 11th meeting of the Libyan Joint Military Commission in Sirte, some 450 km east of the capital Tripoli.

The coastal road was closed in April 2019 when the east-based army launched a military campaign against the former UN-backed Government of National Accord in and around Tripoli, which lasted more than a year.

In October 2020, the rival parties signed a UN-sponsored cease-fire agreement that ended the war.

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