World powers up for arming Libyan government to “counter ISIS”
Members of the UN Security Council say they’re ready to lift an arms embargo and supply the Libyan government with weapons to combat Islamic State terrorists.
This decision is stated in an official communique of talks in Vienna, signed by all five permanent UN Security Council members (the US, Russia, France, UK and China), as well as representatives of over 15 other countries participating in the talks. It comes after Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj called for lifting arms embargo to support the national army earlier on Monday.
“The Government of National Accord has voiced its intention to submit appropriate arms embargo exemption requests to the UN Libya Sanctions Committee to procure necessary lethal arms and materiel to counter UN-designated terrorist groups and to combat [Islamic State or IS, formerly ISIS] throughout the country,” the communique states.
“We will fully support these efforts while continuing to reinforce the UN arms embargo.”
Libyan Premier Fayez al-Sarraj said his government is preparing to submit a weapons wish list.
“We have a major challenge ahead of us [fighting extremists],” he said, urging the international community to assist his government in combatting terrorism.
The war-torn North African nation is currently under a UN embargo imposed to keep lethal weapons away from the hands of terrorists, as well as alternate forces that seek to overthrow the UN-backed government.
oh..its to counter isis..anything goes then!
more weapons to be sold and sent to libya..can they guarantee none of these will actually end up in the hands of the black flag wavers?
its been 5 years since the west attacked libya and killed gaddaffi..libya was never this bad before 2011..they created a country of rubble and run by various angry tribes..its almost prehistoric now..congrats.. *sarcasm
only the UN can save you libya!