Borrell hopes Libya arms embargo mission will launch in April despite disagreements

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

BRUSSELS – The European Union has not yet reached a final agreement with respect to the arms embargo mission in Libya, said Josep Borrell, EU’s High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy.

Borrell’s remarks came after the EU Foreign Council held a video conference today to discuss the new air and naval  mission called Irene Operation, which will replace the old Sophia Operation.

Speaking during a press conference televised after the video conference, Borrell said the disagreement centered around the fact that it is not yet clear where irregular migrants eventually rescued by ships would be landed, or how they would be redistributed among participating Member States.

“On the operation Irene we have noted that, after the political agreement reached in February, much progress has been made, but there are still some pending issues. I can not say that everything has been completed, I hope it can be done shortly, there is still no agreement,” explained Borrell.

“I hope it will be [resolved] in the next few days, so that there is a prospect to launch the mission again later this month. I hope that this still incomplete agreement can be concluded with some goodwill on the part of the Member States that will participate in the mission,” he concluded.


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