By Taher Zaroog and Ahmed Elumami.
Misrata and Tripoli, 17 November 2013:
Misratan military, council and civil society leaders this evening agreed at . . .[restrict]a meeting in the city that all Misratan units would be withdrawn from Tripoli within 72 hours.
Also this evening, Zlitan congressman Abdussalam Asafran told the Libya Herald that the city councils of Tripoli and Misrata would meet each other at a point outside of Tripoli, which he did not specify, but which is believed to be the international airport.
Ibrahim Safar, a member of Misrata local council, announced that leaders of the city’s Revolutionaries, along with elders and members of the local shura and Misrata city councils, had agreed that all Misratan brigades and Libya Shield units will withdraw from Tripoli within three days. The revolutionaries will also move out all their military equipment.
On top of this, the meeting agreed that all Mistratan members of Congress, along with any members of the government from the city would also quit the capital.
Safar said that Misratans held the government and Congress responsible for what has happened recently in the capital. They further demanded that the authorities ensure that any family from Misrata living in Tripoli, together with their homes and possessions, should be fully protected.
The meeting between the two city councils was agreed last night, when a delegation of congressmen and members of the shura councils from Tripoli and the Jebel Nafusa flew to Misrata for emergency talks. It was agreed then that both city councils should meet today at the GNC in the capital. However the encounter was called off this morning on security grounds.
It is now thought to be going ahead close to Tripoli International airport.