Libyan Cloud News Agency
The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) welcomed the creation of a joint force, from both sides of the demarcation lines, comprising the 166 Battalion for Protection and Security and the Tareq Bin Ziyad Brigade, which has been tasked to secure the Man-Made River (MMR).
The UNSMIL praised in a statement these efforts, conducted in coordination with the 5+5 Joint Military Commission (JMC), saying that 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.” The head of UNSMIL, Jan Kubis said.
He added that 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.