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Russia objects to a British draft resolution on Libya in the Security Council

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Russia on Wednesday objected to a British draft resolution on Libya that could have been put on Thursday for a vote at the UN Security Council, diplomats said.

The text that was presented to the members of the Security Council could have been put to the vote in the next 24 hours in the event that no objection was registered before the deadline of 19:00 GMT.

But just before 19:00, Russia requested amendments to the British text.

The French Press Agency learned of the amendments that Russia requested to include, including amending the paragraph “Concern (of the Council) over the increasing involvement of mercenaries in Libya,” and replacing the term mercenary with “foreign terrorist fighters.”

A diplomat said Russia and South Africa had asked for amendments to the British text.

The British text has two possibilities: either to conduct new talks between members of the Security Council, or to Britain’s insistence on a vote on its draft that could use Russia’s veto power to prevent its adoption.

Libya has been plunged into chaos since the fall of the regime of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. Two governments struggle for power in this country: an authority represented by the National Accord government headed by Fayez al-Sarraj, based in Tripoli and recognized by the United Nations, and a parallel authority in the east represented by Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter, who has been waging since about 10 months attack to control the capital.

Since the start of the military offensive launched by Haftar against Tripoli on April 4, the Security Council has been unable to reach a resolution calling for a ceasefire and a return to the political process, since the Council has members who support, militarily or politically, Haftar and others who support al-Sarraj.

At the conclusion of the Berlin conference on January 19 to discuss ways to resolve the conflict in Libya, the major countries involved in the Libyan conflict pledged to abide by the international embargo on the dispatch of weapons to Libya and not to interfere in the internal affairs of this country.

In the wake of the Berlin conference, the Security Council called in a presidential statement to the parties to the conflict in Libya to reach “as soon as possible” a ceasefire that would revive the political process aimed at ending the ongoing war in this country.

A United Nations report issued in December 2019 stated that armed groups from Sudan and Chad participated in the fighting in Libya in 2019.

To that, media reports said that there are Russian mercenaries, but Moscow strongly denied this.

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