London, 19 June:
An expanded coordination meeting between the various Libyan security agencies was held in Tripoli yesterday to determine the responsibilities . . .[restrict]and terms of reference for securing land, sea and air ports.
The meeting included representatives from the Ministry of Interior, the Ports Authority, the Passports, Citizenship and Foreigners’ Affairs Department, the National Safety Authority, the Customs Department, the Police Operations Department, the General Staffs, the Intelligence and Security and Information Agencies.
During this meeting, it was stressed that there was the need to activate the operations of the various security control rooms in order to ensure joint security coordination and integration between the various security agencies in order to provide better services to the citizens and prevent smuggling.
With elections for Libya’s General National Congress looming on 7 July, there has been a spate of security issues recently such as the desecration of graves, the attack on the Tunisian consulate in Benghazi, the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, the attack on the office of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Benghazi and Misrata, and the attack on the car of the British ambassador during a visit to Benghazi.
There has been concern that opponents of the Libyan Revolution, democracy and the elections might ratchet up the acts of violence in the run-up to 7 July in an effort to destabilise the country, and the Libyan authorities are attempting to increase security in response. [/restrict]