France threatens armed groups in Libya with international sanctions

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

NEW YORK- France called on the international community on Monday to exert maximum pressure and impose sanctions on those who spread chaos in Libya and prevent it from advancing towards elections.

“We must show more firmness to those who want to impose the fait accompli for their own benefit,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Laudrian said on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

“The recent UN Security Council sanctions against a number of smugglers must be followed by other sanctions, and I think particularly against armed groups that threaten Tripoli,” Laudrian told media.

The French Foreign Minister held a meeting with his counterparts in neighboring countries of Libya (Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Niger and Chad), representatives of Italy and permanent members of the UN Security Council to receive support in this direction.

The meeting was attended by Head of the Presidential Council of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez al-Sarraj, and UN Special Envoy for Libya, Ghassan Salame, via video from Tripoli.

Paris said all participants expressed “unity of the international community” in the face of armed groups trying to play on “real or assumed divisions” between regional and European parties to prevent the progress of the electoral process.

On December 12, the United States imposed financial sanctions on Ibrahim al-Jidran, the leader of an armed militia that attacked key oil sites in eastern Libya last June .

In the same way, Paris believes that a freeze on assets abroad and a travel ban on leaders of armed groups who obstruct the political process should be imposed to protect their control of some of the country’s resources.