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GERMANY, FRANCE, ITALY TO ENFORCE LIBYA ARMS BAN

Germany, France and Italy plan to push ahead with a bid to use European Union sanctions to stem the continuing supply of arms to war-torn Libya, the Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) reported on August 10, 2020.


The three countries have agreed on a list of companies and individuals providing ships, aircraft or other logistics for the transport of weapons, in violation of a United Nations embargo that has been in place since 2011, EU sources told dpa.


Three companies from Turkey, Jordan and Kazakhstan as well as two individuals from Libya are involved, the sources said.


In mid-June, the three EU countries warned they are prepared to apply sanctions on those violating the UN embargo. "We are prepared to consider a possible use of sanctions if infringements against the land, sea and air embargo continue," the countries' three heads of government wrote in a joint statement without naming a state or entity which could be the target of the measure. France has repeatedly accused Turkey of breaching the arms embargo. The EU recently established a dedicated naval mission named Operation Irini to enforce the restrictions.


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