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Borrell warns that UN arms embargo violations are fueling Libya conflict

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

BRUSSELS – The fighting in Libya continues despite the obligations adopted by the local and foreign sides during the January conference in Berlin, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Joseph Borrell said in an article published on Wednesday by the Bruxelles2 blog.

“The fighting continues unabated, despite intense efforts of the United Nations and despite the clear commitment to work for a ceasefire made by all Libyan factions and all major international actors including the EU at the Berlin conference last January and in turn endorsed by the Security Council,” Borrell wrote.

He described violations of the arms embargo as an aggravating factor in the conflict.

“The fighting in Libya is fueled by weapons and other military reinforcements coming from abroad, in direct violation of the UN imposed embargo,” Borrell wrote.

On January 19, the international conference on Libya took place in the German capital, counting Russia, the United States, the European Union, Turkey and Egypt among its participants. The sides agreed to a ceasefire and the non-involvement of third parties in the conflict.

In late March, the EU launched an initiative to prevent arms smuggling to Libya via the Mediterranean.

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