EU ministers back new mission to enforce Libya arms embargo

The European Union is to launch new sea and air patrols in the Mediterranean to try to stop illegal weapons reaching Libya’s warring sides.
This is a bid to enforce a United Nations arms embargo to Libya which has so far proved ineffective.
Previous attempts to bring the two sides together have failed, but it is hoped that as the fighting stops, a political dialogue can start in one week.
Al Jazeera’s James Bays reports from Geneva.

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In This Story: Libya

Libya, officially the State of Libya, is a country in the Maghreb region in North Africa, bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, Egypt to the east, Sudan to the southeast, Chad to the south, Niger to the southwest, Algeria to the west, and Tunisia to the northwest.

The sovereign state is made of three historical regions: Tripolitania, Fezzan and Cyrenaica. The largest city and capital, Tripoli, is located in western Libya and contains over three million of Libya’s seven million people. The second-largest city is Benghazi, which is located in eastern Libya.

Libya became independent as a kingdom in 1951. A military coup in 1969 overthrew King Idris I. Parts of Libya are currently split between rival Tobruk and Tripoli-based governments, as well as various tribal and Islamist militias.

Libya is a member of the United Nations (since 1955), the Non-Aligned Movement, the Arab League, the OIC and OPEC. The country’s official religion is Islam, with 96.6% of the Libyan population being Sunni Muslims.

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