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Security Council holds closed VTC meeting to discuss EU’s Operation Irini in Libya

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

NEW YORK – The U.N. Security Council is scheduled to hold a closed video teleconferencing (VTC) on Libya today.  The focus of the meeting will be the new European Union mission in in the Mediterranean called Operation Irini.

According to multiple media reports, the meeting was requested by Russia.

Pedro Serrano, Deputy Secretary-General of the European External Action Service, and Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peace-Building Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo are expected to brief.

Operation Irini, the Greek word for “peace,” was launched on April 1 as a replacement for EU’s Operation Sophia. Its core task is the implementation of the U.N. arms embargo on Libya through the use of aerial, satellite and maritime assets.

Irini’s Operational Command will be located in Rome and the Operation Commander will be the Divisional Admiral of the Italian Navy Fabio Agostini.

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