EU sanc­tions 3 firms which broke em­bargo

Daily Tribune (Philippines) - - WORLD -

LON­DON (AFP) — The Euro­pean Union (EU) on Mon­day im­posed sanc­tions on three com­pa­nies — one Turk­ish, one Kazakh and one Jor­da­nian — for breach­ing the UN arms em­bargo on Libya, draw­ing an an­gry re­ac­tion from Turkey.

At a reg­u­lar meet­ing in Brus­sels, EU for­eign min­is­ters signed off on the mea­sures, which freeze any EU as­sets held by the com­pa­nies, cut them off from EU fi­nance mar­kets and bar them from do­ing busi­ness with any­one in the bloc.

Two in­di­vid­u­als were also hit with sanc­tions for hu­man rights abuses in Libya, where the UN-rec­og­nized gov­ern­ment in Tripoli has been un­der at­tack from strong­man Khal­ifa Haf­tar, who runs a ri­val ad­min­is­tra­tion in the east.

The EU has a naval mis­sion op­er­at­ing in waters off Libya which is tasked with polic­ing the em­bargo and col­lect­ing in­tel­li­gence on vi­o­la­tors.

“These new list­ings show the EU’s strate­gic use of its sanc­tions regime and abil­ity to re­act to de­vel­op­ments on the ground in sup­port of the po­lit­i­cal process and to de­ter past and present per­pe­tra­tors from fur­ther vi­o­la­tions,” the EU said in a state­ment.

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