UN Security Council extends Libyan arms embargo for 1 more year


ISTANBUL

The UN Security Council extended Friday the mandate for an operation to enforce its arms embargo on Libya for one more year. 

“The Security Council decided today to renew measures designed to implement the arms embargo against Libya for another year, in particular those authorizing Member States — acting nationally or through regional organizations — to inspect vessels on the high seas off Libya’s coast believed to be in violation of the arms embargo imposed on that country,” the Council said in a statement.

It added that the resolution was adopted by a 14 – 0 vote, with one abstention being Russia.

The Council requested that the secretary-general report on the implementation of the resolution within six months and 11 months.

The European Union Naval Force Mediterranean Operation (IRINI) was launched in the Mediterranean Sea on March 31, 2020, following the Berlin Conference on Libya to oversee the UN’s arms embargo on Libya.

The controversial IRINI has faced several criticisms as it has had no effect on arms shipments by land and air to warlord Khalifa Haftar and his allies.



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