Iran’s Zarif says ending arms ban ‘inseparable’ from nuclear deal

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has addressed the United Nations Security Council, urging them to extend an arms embargo on Iran – which expires in October. Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said the Security Council faced a decision between respect for the rule of law or returning to the “law of the jungle”. … Read more Iran’s Zarif says ending arms ban ‘inseparable’ from nuclear deal

Pompeo Urges UN Security Council to Extend Iran Arms Embargo

U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo urged the United Nations Security Council to work together to extend an expiring arms embargo on Iran, warning Tehran would quickly become a greater threat to the region if allowed to do so. “This Chamber has a choice: Stand for international peace and security, as the United Nations’ founders … Read more Pompeo Urges UN Security Council to Extend Iran Arms Embargo

World Oceans Day & other topics – Daily Briefing (8 june 2020)

Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General. Highlights: – Libya – Syria – DR Congo – Chad – South Sudan – Burundi – Oceans – Senior Appointment – Briefing Guest Tomorrow LIBYA The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said that it is encouraged by recent calls on the part of  Libyan leaders for … Read more World Oceans Day & other topics – Daily Briefing (8 june 2020)

US official: Libyan conflict ‘could spin out of control if the Russians choose escalation’

In an interview with FRANCE 24, David Schenker, the US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, discussed the situation in Libya and the involvement of foreign forces like Turkey and Russia in the conflict there. “We think it’s important that the arms embargo be implemented immediately,” he told FRANCE 24. Schenker warned that the Libyan conflict … Read more US official: Libyan conflict ‘could spin out of control if the Russians choose escalation’

Is Khalifa Haftar losing in Libya? I Inside Story

Warlord Khalifa Haftar wants to control Libya. His battle to do just that could be reaching a turning point – but not in his favour. He launched his offensive to capture the capital Tripoli more than a year ago. It is where the internationally-recognised government is based. Forces loyal to that Government of National Accord, … Read more Is Khalifa Haftar losing in Libya? I Inside Story

Libya: GNA says ceasefire talks overtaken by Tripoli attacks

Libya’s United Nations-recognised government has withdrawn from talks to bring about a permanent ceasefire after renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar’s forces struck the main port in Tripoli. Haftar’s Libyan National Army launched a military offensive in April last year to take Tripoli, where the rival leadership of the Government of National Accord is based. A … Read more Libya: GNA says ceasefire talks overtaken by Tripoli attacks

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 … Read more EU ministers back new mission to enforce Libya arms embargo

Libya celebrates its revolution – but a second civil war is now raging

EU foreign ministers have agreed to launch new sea patrols in the Mediterranean to try to enforce an arms embargo in war-torn Libya. (Subscribe: https://bit.ly/C4_News_Subscribe) The announcement comes on the ninth anniversary of Libya’s revolution, but it’s too soon to say whether the EU’s first deployment to prevent the conflict will stop the fighting or … Read more Libya celebrates its revolution – but a second civil war is now raging

EU foreign ministers agree on new mission to strengthen Libya arms embargo

The European Union will launch a new naval and air mission in the eastern Mediterranean to stop more weapons reaching the warring factions in Libya, foreign ministers agreed on Monday, after Austria lifted its veto. Subscribe to France 24 now: http://f24.my/youtubeEN FRANCE 24 live news stream: all the latest news 24/7 http://f24.my/YTliveEN Visit our website: … Read more EU foreign ministers agree on new mission to strengthen Libya arms embargo

Powers renew pledge to uphold Libya arms embargo

Violations of an arms embargo in Libya have become a joke and those who breach it must be held to account, a senior UN official has said. Foreign ministers and other top officials from about a dozen countries gathered on Sunday in Munich to discuss the conflict in Libya and reaffirmed a commitment to respect … Read more Powers renew pledge to uphold Libya arms embargo

Libyan frontline between cities of Misrata & Sirte

Our colleagues at Ruptly have obtained exclusive access to the frontline between the Libyan cities of Misrata & Sirte. The footage shows Misrata forces allied with the UN-backed GNA driving on the frontline. Fighting has been taking place around the Libyan capital since the LNA, which controls much of Libya’s east and parts of the … Read more Libyan frontline between cities of Misrata & Sirte

UN’s Guterres to Al Jazeera: Libya is ‘playground’ for foreign forces

Algeria has hosted a meeting with countries neighbouring Libya to discuss ways to support a shaky truce agreed to earlier this month. Algeria’s foreign minister reiterated the need to uphold the international arms embargo – but said the country would not support foreign troop intervention. Al Jazeera’s James Bays spoke to United Nations’s Secretary-General Antonio … Read more UN’s Guterres to Al Jazeera: Libya is ‘playground’ for foreign forces

Can world leaders bring peace to Libya? | The Stream

Libya in turmoil World leaders have agreed in Berlin on a joint course of action to de-escalate the ongoing conflict in Libya, pledging to end foreign interference and back a truce. But, analysts say, it’s now up to those powers to put pressure on their Libyan allies to stop the fighting. The summit, though, was … Read more Can world leaders bring peace to Libya? | The Stream

Fayez al-Sarraj on arms, war and peace in Libya | Talk to Al Jazeera

With Libya’s civil war now in its sixth year, world leaders gathered at a summit in Berlin in an attempt to restore stability and peace to Libya. The summit was aimed at a stronger commitment from world powers and regional actors to non-interference in the oil-rich North African state and to genuinely support a fragile … Read more Fayez al-Sarraj on arms, war and peace in Libya | Talk to Al Jazeera

Libya conflict: EU pushes to shore up ceasefire

European Union foreign ministers have agreed to look at ways to support a long-term ceasefire in Libya, but only if warring parties stuck to the tentative truce they agreed to earlier this month. That truce has been shaky at best as rivals renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar fights the United Nations-recognised government for control of … Read more Libya conflict: EU pushes to shore up ceasefire