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Germany: Situation in Libya remains 'deeply troubling' - UN official and foreign minister03:00

Germany: Situation in Libya remains 'deeply troubling' - UN official and foreign minister

Germany, Munich
February 16, 2020 at 18:46 GMT -00:00 · Published

"The situation on the ground remains deeply troubling" with numerous violations of an arms embargo in Libya, UN Deputy Special Representative to Libya Stephanie Williams said after a meeting of the International Follow-Up Committee on Libya (IFCL) on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference on Sunday.

"The economic situation continues to deteriorate, exacerbated by oil blockade and the looming banking crisis," Williams told press, adding that the participating parties have come to a consensus on the need to lift the oil blockade.

Despite recent violations of the weapons embargo, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas stressed that the decision to end military backing for the North African country's warring factions "is the only possible and successful way to end the civil war."

On January 19, German Chancellor Angela Merkel hosted the Libya peace conference in Berlin with Libyan National Army (LNA) commander Khalifa Haftar, UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) leader Fayez al-Sarraj, as well as leaders from the US, Russia, Turkey, France, the UK, Italy, the UAE, and numerous African states in attendance.

As a result of the meeting, leaders agreed to uphold an arms embargo in Libya and designate members to a military commission with five members from each side, with the UN monitoring the implementation of the ceasefire.

Germany: Situation in Libya remains 'deeply troubling' - UN official and foreign minister03:00
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"The situation on the ground remains deeply troubling" with numerous violations of an arms embargo in Libya, UN Deputy Special Representative to Libya Stephanie Williams said after a meeting of the International Follow-Up Committee on Libya (IFCL) on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference on Sunday.

"The economic situation continues to deteriorate, exacerbated by oil blockade and the looming banking crisis," Williams told press, adding that the participating parties have come to a consensus on the need to lift the oil blockade.

Despite recent violations of the weapons embargo, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas stressed that the decision to end military backing for the North African country's warring factions "is the only possible and successful way to end the civil war."

On January 19, German Chancellor Angela Merkel hosted the Libya peace conference in Berlin with Libyan National Army (LNA) commander Khalifa Haftar, UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) leader Fayez al-Sarraj, as well as leaders from the US, Russia, Turkey, France, the UK, Italy, the UAE, and numerous African states in attendance.

As a result of the meeting, leaders agreed to uphold an arms embargo in Libya and designate members to a military commission with five members from each side, with the UN monitoring the implementation of the ceasefire.

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