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UN chief worries about weapons entering Libya

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

GENEVA – The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, told the Security Council he is deeply concerned by the battle for Tripoli and reports of fresh weapons supplies flowing into Libya, according to a report seen by AFP on Monday.

“I am deeply concerned about the current military operations in Libya that would be fueled by arms transfers into the country, including via the sea,” Guterres wrote in a U.N. Security Council report regarding the European Union’s Operation Sophia.

Operation Sophia was established in 2015 in response to the migration crisis in the Mediterranean. The operation also contributes to the implementation of the UN arms embargo on the high seas off the coast of Libya.

EU vessels conducted three vessel inspections in September, November and January, but no arms were found on-board those ships, the report said.

Libyan port and custom authorities, who are trained by the EU, seized armored vehicles in the port of Misurata in February and weapons in Khoms in January, according to the report.

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