The UN Security Council on Friday unanimously extended for a year a resolution authorising the inspection of ships suspected of breaking a 2011 arms embargo on Libya.
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 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.
The French website Aftica Intelligence said “CAE” firm from France, specialized in aviation surveillance, has been shriveling the Turkish ships heading to Libya.
The Africa Intelligence website, reported that the European military operation ‘IRINI’, which was set up to monitor the arms embargo in Libya, has not received any support so far from the European Union (EU).
The High Representative of the European Union Josep Borrell said Operation IRINI doesn’t have the needed mechanisms and capabilities to start work despite being launched early this month.
Hundreds of Tunisians stranded for weeks in war-torn Libya due to the coronavirus have returned home after forcing their way through a border crossing, the UN and aid groups said on Tuesday.
Russia has called on the European Union to obtain an approval from the UN Security Council for the naval mission, IRINI, to monitor the implementation of Libya’s arms embargo in the Mediterranean.
The African Union (AU) Commissioner for Peace and Security Smaїl Chergui has emphasized that the EU’s operation IRINI implemented to enforce the arms embargo on Libya must be transparent and includes all borders of Libya.