United Nations Resident Coordinator and the Humanitarian Coordinator in Libya, Georgette Gagnon, announced "the completion of mine clearance along 120 km of the coastal road, including the removal of 7.5 tons of explosive remnants of war, to facilitate the reopening of the road."
This was reflected in its statement published by the UN mission on Sunday evening at the occasion of the International Day of mine risk awareness and assistance in mine action, which was commemorated on Sunday in the capital Tripoli, in the presence of a number of ministers and representatives of international organizations working in Libya.
"Since the signing of the ceasefire agreement in October 2020, we have once again noted the importance of mine action as a critical first response that enables humanitarian access, people protection, confidence-building measures and rapid recovery," Gagnon said in a statement.
"In this regard, the joint military commission (5+5) has appointed representatives of a mine action subcommittee to assist in planning and operations for the implementation of the ceasefire agreement in Sirte, and thanks to the perseverance of the response teams, teams from the East and West were rapidly deployed and demined along the 120 km of the coastal road."
"This action will have a positive impact on the daily lives of civilians such as the return of basic services, access to markets and freedom of safe movement," Gagnon said, noting that "the United Nations is honored to be a partner in this pivotal process and to assist the Libyan people at this crucial stage."