UN chief calls for arms embargo against Libya

UN chief calls for arms embargo against Libya

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is strongly urging all countries to implement a U.N. arms embargo against Libya, saying illegal weapons transfers b

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Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is strongly urging all countries to implement a U.N. arms embargo against Libya, saying illegal weapons transfers by land, sea and air are fueling the current fighting in the oil-rich country.Story continues below

Guterres made the appeal in a report circulated Monday ahead of the U.N. Security Council’s unanimous approval of a resolution authorizing the inspection of vessels on the high seas headed to or from Libya for another year to enforce the arms embargo.READ MORE: Fighting in Libya plunges country into chaos: Here’s what you need to knowThe European Union’s Operation Sophia has been the only regional naval operation carrying out inspections. While the EU in March extended that operation’s mandate until Sept. 30, it suspended deployment of ships, saying that it instead would send more planes to monitor the area.Italy commands Operation Sophia, but the populist government in Rome refuses to allow its ships or rescue vessels from aid groups that rescue migrants to disembark in Italian ports. The EU move on suspending the naval mission was widely viewed as being aimed at easing tensions with Italy’s anti-migrant government.WATCH: Opposing forces in Libya clash near besieged capital

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