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Security cooperation, situation in Ras Jedir under focus.

TUNIS (TAP) - Tunisia and Libya agreed to revise security accords signed in 1984, Interior Minister Lotfi Ben Jeddou announced, on Wednesday, following a working session in Tunis with his Libyan opposite number Salah Mazek.

The two sides underlined the importance of drafting a law on border crossing points and the exchange of information and expertise to meet security requirements in the wake of the two countries' revolutions.

The security situation was under focus, Ben Jeddou highlighted. Adequate solutions, notably for the Ras Jedir border terminal (governorate of Medenine) which reopened on Monday, were also examined.

Tunisia and Libya underscored, in this connection, the need to ensure the smooth flow of people and goods in both directions.

Tunisia's security is tightly linked to Libya's, the Interior Minister said at the opening of the meeting. He emphasised the need to take into account the situation in the two countries and the interests of the two peoples which calls for further coordination to counter trafficking and organised crime.

For his part, the Libyan Interior Minister expressed his country's keenness to draw on the Tunisian security experience and know more about training in the Police Academy and the way civil protection and security forces function.

Libyan security officials will be trained by Tunisians under bilateral agreements, he announced.

Mazek requested that ten Libyan nationals believed to be in Tunisia be handed over to his country's judicial authorities for implication in the unrest in Ras Jedir.

Ben Jeddou said this goes beyond the competence of his department and depends upon national legislation, bilateral agreements and diverse stakeholders.

The Libyan official ruled out any disagreements between the two countries. Libya and Tunisia are intent on facing up to criminals and smugglers who caused this tension, he stressed.

He reminded that he asked Caretaker President Moncef Marzouki, on Tuesday, to pardon Libyans who served two thirds of their sentence in Tunisian prisons.

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Date:Apr 9, 2014
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