Macron and Conte Condemn Use of Libya’s Domestic Revenue to Finance Mercenaries and Militias – Al Marsad

France and Italy have strongly condemned all foreign interference and violations of the United Nations arms embargo in Libya.

[Libya, 28 February 2020] – A draft final statement of the Italian-French summit chaired by Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and French President Emmanuel Macron condemned, according to Italian news agency “Aki”, the use of foreign militias and mercenaries in the country and attacks on citizens and civil infrastructure in the conflict.

At the summit in Naples between Italy and France, the leaders of the two nations also condemned the use of local resources as an instrument of war or as a source of funding for militias. Although the two leaders did not mention any further details, however it has been a longstanding claim by both the Libyan House of Representatives (HOR) and the Libyan National Army (LNA) that the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord was financing militias and Syrian militants and jihadis through financial resources of the Central Bank of Libya (CBL) and the Libyan National Oil Corporation (NOC). The full audit of the CBL, promised at the Palermo meeting, has still not been accomplished.

Conte and Macron reaffirmed their commitment to enforce an arms embargo to ensure a cease-fire in Libya, with the EU preparing to deploy aerial, satellite and maritime assets in the Mediterranean Sea to prevent arms shipments.

© Al Marsad English (2020).