Enforce UN arms embargo on Libya: Qatar

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AFP Rome, Italy Apr 16, 2019, 05.27 PM (IST)

Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed ben Abdelrrahmane Al-Thani has called for the strict enforcement of the UN arms embargo on both sides of the conflict in Libya.

"The war won't stop with the appeals launched from the first day which (Libyan commander Khalifa) Haftar has ignored -- nor, as Tripoli has called for, by freeing the (UN-backed) government from the embargo," Thani said in an interview published in Tuesday's La Repubblica.

Thani, during a visit to Rome, said the international community could end the fighting by enforcing the embargo against Haftar and preventing those countries that had supplied him with modern weapons and munitions from continuing to do so.

Asked if he meant Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, he noted that all three countries had close links with Haftar and had a stake in creating a regime like their own in Libya.

"And I ask the question: can someone explain how Haftar's troops were able to cover 1,500 kilometres (900 miles) of the desert towards Tripoli without anyone realising?"

Ten days ago, Haftar's self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) launched an offensive to seize the Libyan capital -- home to the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA).

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'The war won't stop with the appeals launched from the first day which (Libyan commander Khalifa) Haftar has ignored -- nor, as Tripoli has called for, by freeing the (UN-backed) government from the embargo,' Thani said