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Kobler: No weapons to the forces fighting ISIS in Sirte until the UNSC makes sure of them

Western media call them “forces loyal to Libya’s internationally backed unity government,” but the Head of UN Mission in Libya Martin Kobler hinted that the identity of these forces is still unclear. On Sunday, Martin Kobler visited the High Council of State where Council President Abdul-Rahman Al-Swaihli expressed displeasure over …

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Is the West about to repeat its mistakes in Libya?

Is the international community about to help Libya fix itself and gain stability or will it repeat the same errors of judgment and commit more mistakes than it did five years ago? Those mistakes helped make Libya become more chaotic, more ungovernable and more destabilizing to its immediate and regional …

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PC needs to fix shortages and HoR needs to vote Kobler tells UNSC

The Presidency Council must immediately sort out the dearth of cash, food and power in the west of the country while the House of Representatives in the east must get on with a vote on the Government of National Accord, UNSMIL chief Martin Kobler told the UN Security Council in …

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EU appeals for UN backing to enforce Libya arms embargo

UNITED NATIONS – EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini asked the UN Security Council Monday to authorize the EU naval force in the Mediterranean to enforce the arms embargo on Libya. The appeal came as the 15-member council was considering a draft resolution that would allow Operation Sophia to intercept …

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Two months on from Serraj’s Tripoli arrival Libyans still live in fear and little hope

On the 30th March this year the much heralded arrival from Tunis of Faiez Serraj and his Presidency Council (PC) finally happened. The arrival brought with it much hope and anticipation for Libyans living in a state of limbo since the summer of 2014 when GNC-backed militias led by Salah …

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Pro unity government forces advance on IS-held Sirte

Forces aligned with Libya’s UN-backed unity government said they have killed a key Islamic State operative and advanced on Sirte, seizing two new checkpoints in a battle which left 30 IS militants dead. Operation Al-Bunyan al-Marsus or “Compact Building” announced the killing of “internationally-wanted” IS chef Khalid al-Shayeb – an Algerian better known …

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EU foreign ministers agree training for Libyan navy and coast guard

The EU has agreed to help train Libya’s navy, coast guard and security services. It follows a formal request from Presidency Council head Faiez Serraj. The decision was taken at today’s meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels and comes within the context of the one ten days ago to renew …

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World powers agree to arm Libya’s unity government against IS

Over 20 countries, including the US, UK, Saudi Arabia and Russia, have vowed to ease a five-year arms embargo on Libya to help its recently formed unity government fight the so-called Islamic State, which is in control of much of the central Libyan coastline.

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