The UN Security Council extended Monday arms embargo on Libya, allowing inspection of ships suspected of flowing arms off the coast of Libya to be in effect one more year.
The UK, Germany, and France’s representatives reiterated the need for having the arms ban in place in Libya, saying exporting weapons to Libya prolongs war and impedes the UN-led political solution efforts.
The Security Council reiterated that there is no military solution in Libya and that all parties should restart the political process as it guarantees stability in the country.
The non-permanent member at the Security Council, South Africa, expressed sorrow over repetitive violations of arms embargo in Libya and the continued flow of arms to the country from the sea, land and onboard flights.
Meanwhile, the Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres urged all countries to implement the arms ban on Libya, saying it is very vital for the country’s stability amid the spread of weapons.
Guterres added in a report to the Security Council last May that he was very concerned about the continuing flow of arms to Libya, saying the current military operations in the country have been fueled by the incoming weapons via the sea, among other routes.