The Washington Post

U.N. chief: Implement weapons embargo

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U.N. Secretary General António Guterres is strongly urging all countries to implement a U.N. arms embargo against Libya, saying illegal arms transfers are fueling the fighting in the oil-rich country.

Guterres made the appeal in a report circulated Monday ahead of the U.N. Security Council’s unanimous approval of a resolution authorizin­g the inspection of vessels headed to or from Libya for another year to enforce the arms embargo.

The European Union’s Operation Sophia has been the only regional naval operation carrying out inspection­s. While the E.U. in March extended that operation until Sept. 30, it suspended deployment of ships, saying that it instead would send more planes to monitor the area.

Guterres noted that U.N. monitors, individual countries and regional organizati­ons “have all reported on illicit transfers of arms and related materiel into and out of Libya.”

In early April, renegade eastern commander Khalifa Hifter launched a military offensive against the U.N.-backed national government in Tripoli. Fighting has raged since.

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