Some UNSC Members ‘Scared’ to Stop Libya Arms Embargo Violations – GNA Minister

Libya has been torn apart by two rival governments following the 2011 overthrow and assassination of the country’s long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi. Tensions escalated in 2019 after the Libyan National Army (LNA) began an offensive to seize the capital of Tripoli, where the rival Government of National Accord (GNA) is seated.

In January, Berlin hosted an international conference on Libya with the participation of Russia, the United States, Turkey, Egypt and several other countries, as well as the European Union and the United Nations.

The main outcome of the conference was an appeal by participants for a Libyan ceasefire, an obligation to refrain from international interference in the conflict and an observance of the UN arms embargo for Libya.

The GNA Minister of Interior, Fathi Bashagha, said that key members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) have certain issues in observing arms embargo strictly.

Bashagha alleged that the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Egypt are violating the arms ban and claimed that the UNSC cannot do anything to stop the situation.

“Some great nations on the UN security council seem to live in fear of these small nations. In the last five years, we have noticed a change in the international community – a lack of international credibility and a refusal to keep their word”, Bashagha said, cited by The Guardian.

Bashagha blamed Western nations for their lack of support for the GNA, according to The Guardian. Bashagha said that…

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