UK Calls for Sanctions against Spoilers of Libya’s Political Process

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The United Kingdom (UK) Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN), Barbara Woodward, called on the international community to hold those who obstruct the political process and violate the arms embargo resolution in Libya accountable.

In a briefing hearing the UN Security Council, she called the Interim Government of National Unity (GNU) to take the necessary measures to provide services and unify institutions and to hold general elections in Libya.

On the other hand, the UN Envoy on Libya, Ján Kubiš, called for a sequenced withdrawal of all foreign forces and mercenaries from Libya with monitoring provided by the United Nation Support Mission (UNSMIL).

Kubiš confirmed that the ceasefire continues to hold, despite the efforts to remove foreign mercenaries from Libya “have stalled.” He affirmed the need to uphold the arms embargo, adding that Libya’s armed groups are threatening security beyond Libya’s borders.