JMC 5+5 Member: Political Divide Delayed Libya Mercenary Withdrawal Plan

The member of the “5 + 5” Joint Military Commission, Major General Al-Fituri Greibel, said that the reason for the non-implementation of their plan to expel foreign forces and mercenaries is related to the current political division between the bodies and the crisis between the union government and the new government.

Speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, Greibel said it is unclear how long it will take for the plans to be implemented, at a time when the commission has technically completed all the work assigned to it. in coordination with the United Nations and regional actors, as well as neighboring countries and countries that have forces and mercenaries in Libya.

Greibel explained that the commission had previously formed sub-committees to communicate during meetings in Cairo and Tunis in November 2021, to visit the countries involved in the conflict and inform them of the results.

He indicated that the postponement of the elections “and their obstruction by the currently divided political bodies, as well as the fact that these bodies remain in this state of division will maintain the plans of the commission without implementation.

Greibel stressed that the world’s concern over the Russian war in Ukraine, which indicates that there is no chance for further talks between the Joint Military Commission and the Russian side in particular, will not have an impact. significant if the internal Libyan conflict ends and a parliament, a president and a unified government are elected. Mercenaries, even by force, as well as the possibility of taking advantage of Russian concern for the conflict in Ukraine, especially if the Wagnerian forces were withdrawn to the battlefield there,” according to his opinion.

It should be noted that in December 2021, the members of the Joint Military Commission traveled to Moscow and Ankara to hold talks with Russian and Turkish officials on the plan for the simultaneous withdrawal of mercenaries and foreign forces from Libya.

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