Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Editor's Pick

EU to revamp anti-smuggler mission for UN Libya arms embargo

BRUSSELS — European Union countries have agreed to “refocus” the mission of the bloc’s anti-migrant smuggler naval operation in the Mediterranean Sea so that it concentrates on upholding the U.N. arms embargo against Libya, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said Monday.

After chairing talks between EU foreign ministers in Brussels, Borrell said that the bloc will also examine ways to help monitor a cease-fire in the conflict-torn country once one actually comes into force and replaces the shaky truce currently in place.

He told reporters that EU ambassadors and experts have been tasked with presenting “concrete proposals on how to implement this cease-fire and enforcing the U.N. arms embargo, by the time the ministers next meet in Brussels on Feb. 17.

“In the meantime, we have to pass from truce to a real cease-fire,” Borrell said. “We are in a truce, which is unstable. A truce can be violated several times a day. Without a cease-fire it’s going to be difficult to imagine any kind of strong engagement of the European Union.”

Libya has sunk deeper into chaos since its long-time dictator, Moammar Gadhafi was ousted and killed in 2011. It is now divided into rival administrations, each backed by different nations: the U.N.-recognized government based in Tripoli, headed by Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj, and one based in the country’s east, supported by Gen. Khalifa Hifter.

The EU has deployed a naval mission, Operation Sophia, into the Mediterranean to monitor the U.N. arms embargo on Libya as well as combat migrant smuggling from the country, but Italy believes its presence only encourages migrants to set out for its shores from northern Africa.

Last year, the government in Rome blocked the deployment of any ships to the mission, and it currently functions almost exclusively using aircraft and pilot-less drones. Borrell said the ministers agreed to “refocus the mandate” of Operation Sophia on the arms embargo.

Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said Sophia could be used only if it is “dismantled and reassembled in a completely different way.”

“It would be a mission for monitoring the embargo, and nothing else,” he said.

Under international law, ships in the vicinity of any distress call at sea are obliged to rescue people.

World powers and other countries with interests in Libya’s long-running civil war agreed Sunday to respect a much-violated arms embargo, hold off on military support to the warring parties and push them to reach a full cease-fire.

Lorne Cook, The Associated Press


The post EU to revamp anti-smuggler mission for UN Libya arms embargo appeared first on Canadian Business – Your Source For Business News.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Get the daily email that makes reading the news actually enjoyable. Stay informed and entertained, for free.
Your information is secure and your privacy is protected. By opting in you agree to receive emails from us. Remember that you can opt-out any time, we hate spam too!

Latest

Economy

THE PHILIPPINES lags regional peers in terms of the share taken up by solar and wind energy in its power mix, energy think tank...

Economy

THE PHILIPPINE government tempered its economic growth target for this year, as rising inflation and ballooning debt threaten to hamper the economy’s recovery from...

Economy

By Keisha B. Ta-asan SOURED LOANS held by Philippine banks declined for a third straight month in May, bringing the nonperforming loan (NPL) ratio...

Economy

THE NATIONAL Government is hoping local government units (LGUs) will channel their expanded budgets into raising agricultural output, Finance Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno said....

Economy

THE MARCOS administration should immediately address power supply shortages and high electricity rates, which are affecting businesses in the country, the Philippine Chamber of...

Economy

MANILA Electric Co. (Meralco) has confirmed receipt of an order from the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) directing the country’s largest power distribution utility to...

You May Also Like

Investing

Having a good Instagram marketing agency to back up your Instagram account is an absolute must going into the new year. With competition stronger...

Economy

Ivermectin, an existing drug against parasites including head lice, has had a checkered history when it comes to treating COVID-19. The bulk of studies...

Investing

Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder in the global population. Therefore, it is a problem that many people suffer or have suffered throughout...

Investing

As a traditionally rigid insurance industry becomes bogged down by antiquated processes and operations, a handful of industry leaders are seeking to shake things...

Disclaimer: SmartRetirementReport.com, its managers, its employees, and assigns (collectively "The Company") do not make any guarantee or warranty about what is advertised above. Information provided by this website is for research purposes only and should not be considered as personalized financial advice. The Company is not affiliated with, nor does it receive compensation from, any specific security. The Company is not registered or licensed by any governing body in any jurisdiction to give investing advice or provide investment recommendation. Any investments recommended here should be taken into consideration only after consulting with your investment advisor and after reviewing the prospectus or financial statements of the company.

Copyright © 2021 SmartRetirementReport. All Rights Reserved.