World powers up for arming Libyan govt to counter ISIS

Tom MarkLast Update : Monday 16 May 2016 - 6:51 PM
World powers up for arming Libyan govt 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 on condition that Tripoli signs a resolution demanding it form a national democratic government.

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.

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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.

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.

The signatories, however, noted that Libya will get the weaponry and training it requested only if the government signs resolution 2259. Among other things, it stresses the need to build a national democratic government in Libya, which is to promote and protect human rights, protect integrity and unity of national institutions, respond to threats to Libyan security and undertake actions to defeat IS.

Source: RT World

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