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Switzerland: Tripoli port attacked, numerous violations of arms embargo - UN's top Libya envoy

Switzerland, Geneva
February 18, 2020 at 13:58 GMT +00:00 · Published

The UN's top Libya envoy Ghassan Salame said the sea port of the Libyan capital Tripoli was attacked on Tuesday with numerous violations of the arms embargo in place, while speaking in Geneva following the meeting of the 5+5 Libyan Joint Military Commission (JMC).

"While the situation on the ground remains a situation where the truce is very fragile, is often violated, where new attacks took place even today in the very port of Tripoli, where incidents take place left and right," he said.

"Arms embargo is being violated by air, by land and by sea, which means that monitoring of the arms embargo needs a lot of effort and a lot of cooperation for thousands of kilometres of coastline or land borders."

Salame went on to stress that Libya needs "an international umbrella" or "some kind of international consensus" to put to an end the ongoing conflict in the North African country.

On Monday, European Union foreign ministers agreed to commence a new aerial and maritime operation focused on reinforcing a UN arms embargo around Libya. The new operation "will comprise aerial, satellite, and maritime assets," High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell confirmed in Brussels.

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The UN's top Libya envoy Ghassan Salame said the sea port of the Libyan capital Tripoli was attacked on Tuesday with numerous violations of the arms embargo in place, while speaking in Geneva following the meeting of the 5+5 Libyan Joint Military Commission (JMC).

"While the situation on the ground remains a situation where the truce is very fragile, is often violated, where new attacks took place even today in the very port of Tripoli, where incidents take place left and right," he said.

"Arms embargo is being violated by air, by land and by sea, which means that monitoring of the arms embargo needs a lot of effort and a lot of cooperation for thousands of kilometres of coastline or land borders."

Salame went on to stress that Libya needs "an international umbrella" or "some kind of international consensus" to put to an end the ongoing conflict in the North African country.

On Monday, European Union foreign ministers agreed to commence a new aerial and maritime operation focused on reinforcing a UN arms embargo around Libya. The new operation "will comprise aerial, satellite, and maritime assets," High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell confirmed in Brussels.

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