EU to launch new naval mission to enforce Libyan arms embargo

18 February 2020

After weeks of debate, EU foreign ministers agreed on 17 February to launch a new mission called Operation 'EU Active Surveillance' to enforce the UN arms embargo on Libya.

"If we want to secure the arms embargo, we have to concentrate our attention on the eastern part of the Mediterranean where the arms are coming from," Josep Borrell, the EU's foreign policy chief, told reporters after the meeting. "The arms embargo is violated systematically and is going to feed the fighters with an incredible amount of arms. This makes the ceasefire difficult and the [recent] truce very weak."

Libya's civil war pits the Libyan National Army (LNA) that is supported by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Russian mercenaries against the Government of National Accord (GNA) that is supported mainly by Turkey.

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