Libyan government gives ultimatum for fighters to hand over weapons
Libya's interim government has given former fighters in the capital Tripoli a deadline of the end of December to hand over their weapons, a security official said Tuesday, dpa reported.
Prime Minister Abdul Rahim al-Keib has met officials from Tripoli's local council to discuss ways of disarming those who joined the fight against former leader Moamer Gaddafi, Abdul Razek al-Aradi told reporters.
They also discussed security in Tripoli, he added.
A mass rally will be held in Tripoli on Wednesday to urge the government to speed up disarming and set a timeframe for dissolving the cities military councils and rebels' brigades, al-Aradi added.
One of the biggest challenges facing Libya's interim government is the disarmament of fighters who took part in the battle against Gaddafi.
Recently clashes have erupted at the border with Tunisia, between armed Libyans and border guards. The fighting has prompted Libya's neighbour to close the two crossings between the two countries.