UK Calls for Full Implementation of UNSC Resolution 1970 After Turkish Move – Al Marsad

UK’s permanent mission at the United Nations called last night for full implementation of the arms embargo and the implementation of Resolution No.1970 imposed by the UN Security Council on February 2011 in connection with the supply of arms and military equipment to and from Libya. The UK expressed its deep concern on the recent escalations in Libya.
[Libya, 7 January 2020] – UK’s comments come as Libya is now turning into an international conflict zone with events in the region accelerating and threatening of a military confrontation in Eastern Mediterranean in the wake of the widely condemned and rejected maritime borders’ demarcation pact concluded between Turkey and the Government of National Accord (GNA) last November.

Given its track record of support for Fayez al-Sarraj and the Tripoli-based GNA, the UK has been muted in its response to the MOUs signed between the GNA and Turkey, unlike most of the international community who were swift to condemn the move.

The conflict was deepened by the recent approval by the Turkish parliament to deploy troops to save the GNA from an imminent fall after Turkey received an official request from Fayez al-Sarraj government for military assistance. Furthermore, in an attempt to halt the advances made by the Libyan National Army in Tripoli and Sirte, Turkey has facilitated the transfer of militants from northern Syria to Tripoli to support GNA forces.

United Kingdom Deputy Representatives to the United Nations, Ambassador Jonathan Allen, in media statements made minutes before the start of two closed consultations of the Security Council on the situation in Libya and the chemical weapons program in Syria, said, “we share with UN Secretary-General António Guterres, and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, Ghassan Salamé, deep concern over the situation in Libya.”

United Kingdom Deputy Representatives to the United Nations, Ambassador Jonathan Allen

Ambassador Allen added, “the arms embargo on Libya must be fully implemented and the Security Council’s resolution in this regard must be respected.”

© Al Marsad English (2020)