Maas Urges Countries to Respect Arms Embargo in Libya

  • "A resolution will be found that contains an EU contribution to the enforcement of the weapons embargo, in a way that is acceptable for all EU member states," Maas said.
  • Maas also announced that Italy will host a Libyan conference next month to consider a ceasefire and arms embargo.
  • Saudi Foreign Minister called for an end to foreign interference in the Libyan civil war, and particularly criticized Turkey’s approach to Libya.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas announced on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference that the International Berlin Follow-up Commission on Libya agrees that the UN Security Council resolution on Libya is binding to all parties. Four weeks ago, world leaders in Berlin pledged to comply with the UN arms embargo on Libya and not support parties involved in Libya. But the negotiations were unsuccessful, because, through land, and sea, weapons entered the battlefield in Libya.

Heiko Maas is a German politician who serves as the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the fourth cabinet of Angela Merkel since March 14, 2018. He served as the Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection from December 17, 2013 to March 14, 2018.

The German Foreign Minister said that representatives of the four countries who attended the Libyan conference in Berlin on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference confirmed the decisions of Berlin regarding Libyan arms sanctions. But after the Berlin summit, these decisions were violated.

Maas stressed that the participants in the Libyan summit had “different opinions,” which led to a violation of the decision. The German Foreign Minister noted that everyone believes that the path chosen to mitigate the conflict is the right and only good way to put an end to the civil war in Libya.

“A resolution will be found that contains an EU contribution to the enforcement of the weapons embargo, in a way that is acceptable for all EU member states,” Maas said. “The African Union should deliver its own contribution to the solution in the coming weeks,” he added.

The UN Special Envoy for Libyan Affairs, Stephanie Williams, called the Libyan arms embargo a joke, as it is currently being violated by land, air, and sea. She said it is necessary to monitor and prosecute violators of the Libyan arms embargo, without mentioning names.

Heiko Maas plans with his EU counterparts to decide next Monday on Europe’s contribution to monitoring the arms embargo in the Libyan conflict. He said that no matter which tool is used to monitor, it is very important that all air, sea, and ground weapons are controlled. According to Maas, the Libyan constitutional government based in Tripoli receives arms from Turkey by sea, while the Caliph rebel general in eastern Libya takes arms from Egypt by land and air.

The German Foreign Minister also announced that Italy will host a Libyan conference next month to consider a ceasefire and arms embargo. The current meeting of the Libyan conference will be held in Munich with the support of the UN. At the Munich summit, several foreign ministries and representatives of international organizations are trying to find a solution to the Libyan crisis.

The Second Libyan Civil War is an ongoing conflict among rival factions seeking control of Libya. The conflict is mostly between the House of Representatives, elected in 2014 with a low turnout, relocated to Tobruk, which appointed Marshal Khalifa Haftar as commander-in-chief of the Libyan National Army with the mission of restoring its sovereignty over the whole of Libyan territory, and the Government of National Accord, led by Fayez al-Sarraj, based in the capital Tripoli and established after failed military coups and the relocation of the House of Representatives to Tobruk.

On the eve of the Libyan summit in Munich, the German Foreign Minister said that the decisions taken at the Libyan conference in Berlin will be implemented in stages, with the ultimate goal of ending the civil war in Libya through political dialogue.

On January 9, representatives of three countries took part in the Libyan conference in Berlin and agreed on a road map for peace in a war-torn country. In addition, conference participants expressed support for a ceasefire in Libya, as well as the UN arms embargo.

The civil war in Libya began in 2008 after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi. On the one hand, there is a Libyan government that is recognized by the United Nations, and on the other, there are rebel forces in favor of the Caliph.

Turkey, Qatar, and Italy support the central government of Libya, and the rebel general is supported by the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, France, and Russia. The United Nations said more than 1 million people in the country needed help, and more than 6,000 people were forced to leave their homes.

Saudi Criticism

Saudi Foreign Minister called for an end to foreign interference in the Libyan civil war, and particularly criticized Turkey’s approach to Libya. “Now there are units coming from Syria [to Libya] that Turkey sends,” said Prince Faisal bin Farhan in an interview with journalists on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference. He called the creation of an international peacekeeping mission in Libya “a good idea.” Although this is not the time for this.

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