France, Italy and Germany take a common stand against violations of UN arms embargo
Middle East Eye reports that in a statement issued on 18 July, France, Italy and Germany who were gathered in Brussels for an emergency meeting to discuss post-Covid 19 strategies for economic recovery in the European Union (EU), declared that they were prepared to take sanctions against foreign powers in violation of the UN arm embargo in Libya. The statement came as tensions continue to rise in Libya between foreign powers competing for opposing interests, namely Egypt and Turkey via the Government of National Accord (GNA), with threats of military interventions. Such a statement seems to indicate the EU’s willingness to actively participate in initiatives towards the stabilization of Libya. However, the EU’s capacity to enforce the embargo, which has been blatantly disregarded by foreign powers, remains very limited.
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