Algeria, Libya To Revive The Frozen Agreements

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icon-writer Walid.A/English version: Dalila Henache

Joint agreements that were frozen between Algeria and Libya are expected to be revived in the near future, including the most outstanding issues, especially the residents of the southern regions, the continued closure of the border and the frozen file on training Libyan security personnel, Libya "Bawabat Al Wassat" news website said.

Interior Minister of the Libyan Accord Government, Arif Khoudja, told the local press, on Tuesday, that he agreed with his Algerian counterpart, Noureddine Badaoui, on the restoration of a number of bilateral cooperation agreements, without explaining the nature of the areas of those agreements, whether they are security or economic issues, as the two officials met during the visit of the President of the Government of the Libyan Accord, Fayez Al Sarradj, to Algeria last week.

But the source pointed to trying to work with what is known as the "Tripoli Plan" that was agreed upon since four years ago, in the field of operational cooperation between Libya and the neighborhood countries, on the border security front, as the plan aimed to counter terrorism, illegal immigration, and smuggling.

Agreement that was signed between Algeria and Libya about training the Libyan police and security staff, and the implementation of joint operations to maintain security at the border is vague, because Algeria has offered the Libyan government the training of police and army who are in charge with the protection of the common border between the two countries in 2014, but that the agreement was not realized as it should due to the political and security unrest.

Observers confirm that without a clear security institution, and mechanisms of army building and its mechanism of action, especially in the many outstanding issues such as the fate of the militias and the collection of arms, it will be difficult to see a progress of the file of security forces' training.

On the other hand, the file of the closed border is as important as the military training, but it remains stuck with the succession of the Libyan government, despite the recommendations of a joint governmental committee that submitted its report to President Bouteflika, and provided political, humanitarian and economic justifications on opening the borders, but the danger of the Libyan territory makes Algeria prefers to keep its land border closed, and chooses the suspension of the air ways between the two capitals, for security reasons, especially with the monitoring of the movements of dozens of Moroccan nationals to Libya, without work permits.

Previously, in May 2013 Algeria decided to close its land border with Libya, in full, for fear of infiltration of terrorist groups that are active in Libya, and arms smuggling.

Implementation of the joint port agreement "Ghadames- Aldabdab" which provides for facilitating transit of traffic and the flow of goods naturally, played a major role in promoting economic exchanges between the two countries, as the Libyan or Tunisian importers resort to the border crossings of Tunisia for the introduction of various commodities and goods at the moment.

Work of the Algeria-Libyan Joint Higher Committee remains stalled since 3 years, which complicates the realization of joint gains in the interest of the two peoples.

Algerian authorities are showing great interest in the resumption of the work of border committees, before lifting the freeze on the previously signed joint agreements in the areas of security, investment, oil and gas, electricity, education and health, which have been stalled on the back of the developments of the Libyan crisis since the beginning of 2014.

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