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Germany threatens to use sanctions to stop foreign interference in Libya

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

GENEVA – Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has threatened on Wednesday to use targeted sanctions to make sure that Libya is “no longer the battleground in a foreign war.”

Speaking during a ministers-level UN Security Council video conference earlier today, Maas denounced foreign powers’ violation of the arms embargo and their failure to commit to the Berlin Conference on Libya.

“It is time to stop this cynical absurdity!,” he said. “This is why we decided to invite all of you and all of the participants of the Berlin process here today to discuss and agree on the next steps”.

“First, foreign interference remains the main driver of the conflict in Libya. It must be brought to an end. That means: no more planes, no more tanks, no more trucks or cargo ships full of weapons. And no more lies!,” he said.

“We will use the measures at our disposal, including targeted sanctions, to make sure that Libya is no longer the battleground in a foreign war,” the German top diplomat added.

“Second, backdoor deals through which foreign actors carve out spheres of influence must stop. Instead, we must unite behind UNSMIL and the peace efforts led by the United Nations,” he said.

“Third, the current calm on Libya’s battlefields is more than fragile. Our duty is to translate it into a negotiated ceasefire now – within the framework of the UN-brokered 5+5 talks.”

Maas also proposed “de-militarized solution for Sirte and Jufra”; the two Libyan cities which are currently under a threat of attack by Turkey-backed forces of the Government of National Accord (GNA).

“We call on the parties in Libya and on all of you to unite behind this idea. And we encourage the Secretariat to provide us with options on how this could be implemented on the ground.”

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