UN Security Council approves a one-year extension of Libya’s arm embargo

UN Security Council extends arms embargo in Libya. [Photo: Libyan Express]
The United Nations Security Council unanimously approved Monday a one-year extension on the flow of weapons to Libya. 

The ban, which is being principally implemented by a EU force, will remain in effect through June 2020 amid ongoing clashes between Khalifa Haftar’s forces and the UN-backed Government of National  Accord (GNA) in Tripoli.

The UN Security Council authorized in 2016 Operation Sophia, the EU operation initially aimed at combatting migrant trafficking, to also inspect ships in the Mediterranean suspected of carrying weapons to enforce the arms embargo.

The resolution adopted Monday requests UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to report to the council within 11 months on the embargo’s implementation.

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