EU doesn’t rule out sending military mission to Libya

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EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell has not ruled out sending a military mission to Libya to help end the country’s conflict.


"If there is a ceasefire in Libya, then the EU must be prepared to help implement and monitor this ceasefire -- possibly also with soldiers, for example as part of an EU mission," Borrell told Der Spiegel magazine.

"Or take the arms embargo. We Europeans have been entrusted by the United Nations to enforce it. In reality, the arms embargo is ineffective. Nobody controls anything there," he told the German news weekly.

EU’s Lead Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Peter Stano said he would attend the Berlin conference on Libya set to take place on Sunday.

In remarks to Asharq Al-Awsat, he hoped that the conference - bringing together Libyan National Army leader Khalifa Haftar and head of the Government of National Accord Fayez al-Sarraj - would lead to a ceasefire and the implementation of the arms embargo on Libya imposed by the UN Security Council.

European Parliament President David Sassoli also said in a press release, a copy of which was obtained by Asharq Al-Awsat that the participation of Haftar and Sarraj in the Berlin conference is a “success” for European diplomacy.

“It is proof that when the Union acts in a united and clear way it is able to make its voice heard on the international scene.”

He said it was “necessary to continue to put pressure on the parties involved so that the ceasefire on the ground is confirmed by a formal agreement.”

“This is the objective to work on in view of the Berlin conference where the European Union will play a decisive role,” he said.

“We must be ready to use every tool at our disposal, both civil and military, under the auspices of the United Nations, to monitor the ceasefire and ensure everyone respects the arms embargo,” said Sassoli.

“These are fundamental prerequisites for stabilization of the country and to start a political dialogue between all main actors in Libya. Once again Europe has shown it can be the bearer of peace and stability beyond its borders,” he added.

Asharq Al-Awsat



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EU doesn’t rule out sending military mission to Libya

2020/01/1579334741.jpg
Read: 869     12:59     18 January 2020    

EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell has not ruled out sending a military mission to Libya to help end the country’s conflict.


"If there is a ceasefire in Libya, then the EU must be prepared to help implement and monitor this ceasefire -- possibly also with soldiers, for example as part of an EU mission," Borrell told Der Spiegel magazine.

"Or take the arms embargo. We Europeans have been entrusted by the United Nations to enforce it. In reality, the arms embargo is ineffective. Nobody controls anything there," he told the German news weekly.

EU’s Lead Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Peter Stano said he would attend the Berlin conference on Libya set to take place on Sunday.

In remarks to Asharq Al-Awsat, he hoped that the conference - bringing together Libyan National Army leader Khalifa Haftar and head of the Government of National Accord Fayez al-Sarraj - would lead to a ceasefire and the implementation of the arms embargo on Libya imposed by the UN Security Council.

European Parliament President David Sassoli also said in a press release, a copy of which was obtained by Asharq Al-Awsat that the participation of Haftar and Sarraj in the Berlin conference is a “success” for European diplomacy.

“It is proof that when the Union acts in a united and clear way it is able to make its voice heard on the international scene.”

He said it was “necessary to continue to put pressure on the parties involved so that the ceasefire on the ground is confirmed by a formal agreement.”

“This is the objective to work on in view of the Berlin conference where the European Union will play a decisive role,” he said.

“We must be ready to use every tool at our disposal, both civil and military, under the auspices of the United Nations, to monitor the ceasefire and ensure everyone respects the arms embargo,” said Sassoli.

“These are fundamental prerequisites for stabilization of the country and to start a political dialogue between all main actors in Libya. Once again Europe has shown it can be the bearer of peace and stability beyond its borders,” he added.

Asharq Al-Awsat



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