The House of Representatives (HoR) in Tripoli has accused the European Union (EU) of working to enable Khalifa Haftar in Libya by dubious ways, commenting on the new naval mission in the Mediterranean, Operation IRINI.
In a statement on Wednesday, the HoR said the mission’s monitoring focus on the arms embargo in the sea only, disregarding land and air borders, which it said were main routes for Haftar’s military backup, means it’s undermining the legitimate Government of National Accord in the country.
“The EU has no authority on any other country outside the union’s geography. Therefore, the IRINI decision lacks many legal facets as it intentionally equalizes between the legitimate government and the renegade. The EU’s decision violates UN Charter that says in Article No.15 of Chapter 7 that rule legitimate authorities of a state have the right to defend themselves and protect the state against any kinds of aggression.” The HoR explained.
The HoR further added that the EU’s decision encroaches on Libya’s sovereignty and an intervention in the policy making of the country.
On Tuesday, the EU launched Operation IRINI in the Mediterranean to monitor the implementation of the arms embargo on Libya.
Operation IRINI will have as its core task the implementation of the UN arms embargo through the use of aerial, satellite and maritime assets, according to the EU’s statement on Tuesday.