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Libya, with Arab support, will push U.N. to lift arms embargo

The Daily Star


Libya’s foreign minister says the internationally recognized government will draw on Arab support to urge the U.N. to lift an arms embargo in place since 2011.

Mohammed al-Dairi said in a news conference Wednesday in Cairo that Libya would use the Arab League’s call a day earlier for the embargo to be lifted to allow Libya to better combat a local ISIS affiliate.

In March, the Security Council renewed the weapons ban, but allowed a sanctions committee to review requests for exemptions. U.N. members are concerned that weapons could fall into the hands of any number of armed groups.

Dairi says his country is going to be part of a joint Arab force to be used to intervene in regional crises and combat terrorism.

Meanwhile, Libya’s regular border security guards have stopped working at the main border crossing to Egypt, in a further breakdown of state authority, officials said.

The incident will reinforce worries in Egypt that militants are using the desert border to smuggle in fighters and weapons from Libya, which is in a state of chaos four years after rebels overthrew Moammar Gadhafi.

The border is also a transit route for migrants from Syria heading via Egypt to western Libya, from where they hope to get by boat with the help of smugglers to Italy.

“The force protecting the Musaid border crossing between Egypt and Libya have withdrawn due to some problems,” said Tariq Kharaz, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry of Libya’s internationally recognized government.

He said another force was now manning the border, declining to say why the regular troops had left.

An Egyptian security source said the regular Libyan border guards had stopped working five days ago, adding that civilians now appeared to be working on the Libyan side of the border.

Egypt had increased before security at the 1,000-km-long border with Libya, where ISIS has made inroads by exploiting a security vacuum as two governments fight each other.

The internationally recognized government is based in the east since a rival group seized the capital Tripoli a year ago, setting up its own administration. Both administrations rely on alliances of former anti-Gadhafi rebels which lack equipment and training.

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