Mogherini: UN Resolution enables EU operation to implement arms embargo on Libya

June 15, 2016
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EU High Representative Federica Mogherini said the UN adoption of Resolution 2292, authorising inspection of suspected embargo-breaking vessels off Libya’s coast, “will now enable Operation Sophia also to play an important role in implementing the UN arms embargo on Libya.”  
Since the beginning of its mandate one year ago, Operation Sophia has helped save more than 15,000 lives, apprehend 71 suspected smugglers and disable 139 smuggling boats on the high seas. EU Ministers recently agreed to extend its mandate to training of Libya’s Coast Guard and the implementation of the UN arms embargo, pending a UNSC Resolution on the latter.
“The EU remains determined to support the efforts of the Libyan Presidency Council to restore security and prosperity to the Libyan people and looks forward to partnering with the Government of National Accord in this aim”, stressed Mogherini.(EU Neighbourhood Info)
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Council Conclusions on EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia (23-05-2016)
EEAS – Libya
EU Neighbourhood Info Centre webpage – Libya
EU Delegation to Libya – website and Facebook page 

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  • Libya