African Union: International Community Must Intervene to Enforce Arms Embargo on Libya


On Saturday, the African Union’s (AU) Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ismail Sharqi, said that continued fighting in Libya should be a wake-up call for the international community to enforce the arms embargo and confront those in violation of the embargo and those continuing their interference in Libya’s internal affairs.

In a statement, Sharqi added that it is up to the United Nations and stakeholders who participated in the Berlin Conference on Libya to compel the Libyan warring parties, namely the Libyan National Army (LNA) and the Government of National Accord (GNA), to end hostilities in order to address threats posed by the coronavirus epidemic in Libya.

He added that any effort to stop the smuggling of weapons into Libya must be comprehensive and transparent, pointing out that the arms embargo was publicly violated.

It is noteworthy that the United Nations Mission in Libya has recently reported that the clashes have killed 64 people in the first three months of this year and documented 131 civilian victims, including injuries and deaths.