Turkey on Friday criticised the EU’s Operation Irini aimed at halting arms shipments to Libya as “not objective”, a day after NATO said it would probe a naval incident with a French ship.
A Turkish warship prevented the EU’s new naval mission enforcing the Libya arms embargo from checking a suspect freighter off the war-torn country’s coast, European sources said Thursday.
The European Union’s top diplomat has urged all parties in the conflict in Libya to immediately stop all military operations and engage constructively in peace negotiations.
The United States said Wednesday it was waiting to build an “empowered” UN mission for Libya, frustrating France and Germany which say the delay in approving an envoy is jeopardising momentum to end the conflict.
Europe tried to reassure Russia during a UN Security Conference video call Tuesday after a French warship intercepted an oil tanker off the coast of Libya under an operation to halt the flow of arms to the North African country.
The Italian Foreign Minister, Luigi De Maio, confirmed on Tuesday, that the IRINI Operation is not only set to monitor the airspace and maritime territory, which is under control of the Government of National Accord (GNA), but is also to include monitoring of the Libyan-Egyptian borders.
The Head of the Presidential Council (PC), Feyaz Al-Sarraj, expressed his deep dissatisfaction with the European Union’s (EU) failure to take a firm stand against the crimes committed on innocent civilians in Libya by Haftar and his militias.
EU calls for immediate Libya ceasefire, respect of int’ law, protection of civilians, return to negotiations, implementation of UN arms embargo and appointment of new UNSMIL head
Following on from the report to the UN Security Council on Libya on 11 May by Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Turkey’s escalatory statement on 10 May warning that it could target Khalifa Hafter’s (commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) ‘‘elements’’ directly, following his missiles landing near Turkey’s Tripoli …
The chairman of the Presidential Council (PC), Fayez Al-Sarraj, on Wednesday, called for full monitoring of the arms embargo on Libya in implementation of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions.
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