UN warns several countries violated Libyan arms embargo since Berlin summit

Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), Antonio Guterres (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) attend a press conference during the International Libya Conference in Berlin, Germany, held on the 19 January 2020. EPA-EFE/OMER MESSINGER / POOL

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Several countries that participated in a Berlin peace summit last week and agreed to respect an existing United Nations arms embargo have violated their commitment, the UN said on Saturday.

The agreement, signed by 16 states and organizations at the Libya peace summit in Germany, set out plans for international efforts to monitor the embargo’s implementation.

“Over the last 10 days, numerous cargo and other flights have been observed landing at Libyan airports in the western and eastern parts of the country providing the parties with advance weapons, armoured vehicles, advisers and fighters,” the UN mission to Libya (UNSMIL) said in a statement.

“The mission condemns these ongoing violations, which risk plunging the country into a renewed and intensified round of fighting,” UNSMIL said.

The UN blamed several countries that attended the Berlin summit for violating the embargo but stopped short of naming them.

Read more via DW/ Reuters

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