EU to launch new Libya mission Irini

To replace Sophia in monitoring UN arms embargo

26 March, 17:27

    BRUSSELS - EU ambassadors reached a deal Thursday to start the EU military operation Irini to monitor the UN arms embargo on Libya, ANSA was told by several diplomatic sources. The mission will take the place of the current anti-trafficking operation Sophia, the mandate of which will end at the end of March. Several unresolved issues have been resolved over the past weeks but that of ports at which to disembark migrants rescued at sea and how to redistribute them afterwards was still under debate. Irini will have air, naval, and satellite means at its disposal and though rescuing migrants will not be part of its mandate, on the basis of international law the ships taking part in the operation will be obliged to rescue any at risk of growing at sea.

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