Libya: Egypt-drafted UN resolution includes use of force

Wants Tobruk arms embargo ended, militia pull-out from Tripoli

19 February, 16:05

    Foreign Minister of Egypt Sameh Shoukry Foreign Minister of Egypt Sameh Shoukry

    (ANSAmed) - NEW YORK - A draft UN resolution drawn up by Egypt on Libya is based on Chapter 7 of the international body's charter.

    The document has been circulated by Jordan at the Security Council and ANSA is in possession of a copy. The draft calls for an end to a weapons embargo on the internationally recognized Tobruk-based government, a withdrawal of militias from Tripoli and restrictions on the flow of arms to non-state entities in Libya. The draft resolution notes that the Security Council committee will have to submit within 30 days to the council its recommendations to prevent the sale and transfer of weapons and munitions to non-state bodies. The draft condemns all terrorist acts committed by local Islamic State (ISIS) affiliates, Ansar Al-Sharia and all other terrorist groups and individuals in the country, underscoring that a global approach is required to deal with them.

    It calls on UN member states to fight with all means available to them - in conformity with the UN Charter and international law - threats to peace and security caused by terrorist acts in the country, stressing the need to provide support and assistance to the legitimate Libyan authorities. The document also expresses support for UN-led dialogue between the House of Representatives, the government and non-violent entities in Libya, asking them to work in a constructive manner to form a national unity government.

    (ANSAmed).

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