UN Security Council extends arms embargo on Libya

The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution to extend the arms embargo on Libya.

The vote was broadcast on the UN website.

“The Security Council, Recalling its resolution 1970 (2011) imposing an arms embargo on Libya, and … its resolutions 2292 (2016), 2357 (2017), 2420 (2018) and 2473 (2019), concerning strict compliance with the arms embargo on the high seas off the coast of Libya…, as well as the Berlin conference on Libya held on January 19, 2020, decides to extend the permits set out in resolution 2473 for another 12 months from the date of adoption of this resolution,” the resolution reads.

After the overthrow and murder of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya effectively ceased to function as a single state. Now the country is ruled by dual power. In the East, the Parliament is elected by the people. In the West, in the capital Tripoli, the Government of national accord, formed with the support of the UN and the European Union, led by Fayez Sarraj, rules. The authorities in the Eastern part of the country operate independently of Tripoli and cooperate with the Libyan national army led by Marshal Khalifa Haftar, who has not stopped trying to capture Tripoli since April 2019.

An international conference on Libya was held in Berlin on January 19 with the participation of Russia, the United States, Turkey, Egypt, and several other countries, as well as the EU and the UN. The primary outcome of the conference was a call by its participants for a ceasefire in Libya and a commitment to refrain from interfering in the conflict, observing the arms embargo on the parties. Also, the participants of the meeting proposed to create a Committee to monitor the implementation of the ceasefire agreement.