EU's Irini operation to kick off 1/4

Official authorisation for mission monitoring arms embargo

31 March, 15:33

    (ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, MARCH 31 - The European Council on Tuesday officially decided to launch the Eunavfor Med Irini operation on April 1. The main task of the operation will be the implementation of the UN embargo on arms to Libya, according to a statement issued by the European Council. Irini will be led by commander Fabio Agostini and headquartered in Rome. Operation Sophia, the predecessor to Irini, will ''halt its activities permanently''. The Irini (which means 'peace' in Greek) mission will include ships, aircraft and satellites and will conduct inspections in the high seas, off Libya, and on boats that are suspected of transporting weapons or similar materiel from or towards Libya, in line with a UN Security Council resolution. Irini will also be monitoring and collecting information on the illegal export of oil from Libya as well as helping to increase the capacities and training of the Libyan Coast Guard and Navy for sea activities. It is also expected to help dismantle trafficking networks. The mission will initially last until March 31, 2021.


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