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UN Security Council advocates strict compliance with arms embargo on Libya

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The UN Security Council unanimously advocates strict adherence to the arms embargo on Libya, Russian Ambassador to the Security Council, Vasily Nebenzya, told reporters.

“The Council has demonstrated unity. Everyone agrees that the conflict (in Libya – ed.) Has no military solution, that the parties should stop fighting as soon as possible, declare a ceasefire and return to negotiations under the auspices of the UN,” Nebenzya said following a meeting of the Security Council on Libya.

According to him, Russia believes that “there is an urgent need to comply with the arms embargo imposed by UN Security Council resolutions.”

“Our official position is clear – the arms embargo must be fully respected by all parties, including external players,” he added.

After the overthrow and assassination of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya virtually ceased to function as a single state. Dual power reigns in the country now.

The parliament elected by the people sits in the east, and in the west, in the capital Tripoli, the Government of National Accord, led by Fayez Sarraj, rules with the support of the UN and the European Union.

The authorities of the eastern part of the country operate independently of Tripoli and cooperate with the Libyan National Army.

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