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Britain calls for the full implementation of the arms embargo decision to Libya

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Britain, on Monday, called for the full implementation of the UN Security Council resolution banning the supply of arms imposed on Libya since 2011.

This came in media statements made by the Deputy British Delegate to the United Nations, Ambassador Jonathan Allen, minutes before the start of Two closed consultations of the Security Council on the situation in Libya and the chemical weapons program in Syria.

“We join both Secretary-General (United Nations) Antonio Guterres and his Special Envoy (to Libya) Ghassan Salama in expressing our grave concern over the situation in Libya,” Allen said.
He added, “The arms embargo must be fully implemented (to Libya), and the council’s decisions in this regard must be respected.”

In March 2011, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 1970, in which it requested all UN member states to “prevent the sale or supply of weapons and related materiel to Libya, including arms, ammunition, vehicles, military equipment, paramilitary equipment and spare parts,” The decision has been extended annually since that date.

In his remarks, the British ambassador stressed the need for all parties involved in the Libyan file to “reach a peaceful solution to the crisis.”
Today, the UN Security Council is holding a closed-door consultations session on Libya, during which representatives of member states of the council will hear a safety briefing on the developments of the crisis.

On Sunday, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), in a statement, condemned the bombing of the Military College in the capital Tripoli, which killed dozens, and wounded dozens of others.

The Libyan Foreign Ministry called for an emergency session of the UN Security Council to discuss recent developments, calling for the necessity that the investigation of Khalifa Haftar be carried out by the International Criminal Court for his “war crimes”.

In the Syrian file, the British ambassador expected that “the closed consultations session of the Security Council today on Syria’s chemical program will witness a defense by the Russian envoy (Ambassador Vasily Nebzia) on the Syrian regime.”

“Indeed, this Russian defense is an outrage, but we will see it at that consultation session,” he said.

Council members are expected to discuss in their closed session the monthly report of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, on the disposal of Syria’s chemical program.

In response to reporters’ questions about whether the issue of the killing of the Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani will be raised at the council table, the British ambassador said, “There is no request in the council on this issue.”

Soleimani and Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, deputy chief of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Authority, along with 8 leaders of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and the Iraqi crowd were killed last Friday in a US air strike near Baghdad airport. Iran and its factions in Iraq and other countries have vowed revenge.

This development constitutes a dangerous escalation between the United States and Iran, which are close allies of Baghdad, amid widespread concerns in Iraq that the country has turned into a battleground between Washington and Tehran.

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