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Libyan Govt Considers Establishing Border Demarcation Committee

Libyan Govt Considers Establishing Border Demarcation Committee

Tuesday, 17 August, 2021 - 07:30
A road sign shows the direction of Libya near the border crossing at Dhiba, Tunisia (File photo: Reuters)

The Libyan Minister of Interior, Major General Khaled Mazen, discussed all relevant parties in the country a proposal to establish a border-demarcation committee.

The meeting discussed the reformation of the committee, and the Minister asserted that the matter is considered that of "Libyan national security."

The talks raised many concerns among political circles amid doubts about the reasons for examining this "extremely sensitive" issue at this time.

Lawmaker Hassan al-Zarqa said that discussing the border demarcation needs a government that enjoys broad popular and parliamentary support, especially with its inability to solve the electricity crisis.

Zarqa told Asharq Al-Awsat that the parliament still refuses to approve the government's budget, adding that demarcation discussions may take years and the current government has no authority over the eastern or southern region of the country.

"We need everyone's support for the success of the political process and to be able to hold elections on time, not increase tensions over issues of land and sea border demarcation," said Zarqa.

He stated that the process should be done when the country has elected a parliament and a president.

Zarqa believed that raising this issue aims to distract the Libyan public from any problem if elections were postponed.

Political analyst, al-Senussi Ismail al-Sharif, told Asharq Al-Awsat that the meeting has no political significance but rather is just a routine procedure to review the committee's structure.

Sharif indicated there aren't any issues with Libya's border, instead, the government is trying to push for approving the constitutional rule, hold legislative elections, and postpone presidential, which means it will remain in power.

Editor-in-chief of al-Wasat newspaper and website, Bashir Zoaibeh, wondered about the timing of discussing this issue, which has nothing to do with the government's priorities, nor does it interest the Libyan public.

He wondered in a Facebook post whether there were pressures from any international party behind this step.

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