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German FM Says EU Must Enforce Arms Embargo on Libya
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (R) and Deputy Special Representative to Libya Stephanie Williams hold a press conference on the last day of the Munich Security Conference. February 16. (Tobias Hase/picture alliance via Getty Images)

German FM Says EU Must Enforce Arms Embargo on Libya

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called for an EU mission to enforce the arms embargo on Libya during a press conference on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference on Sunday. He plans to present his proposal at a meeting between EU foreign ministers on Monday. “We still need to talk about who contributes what, but there is an EU satellite that is already there,” Maas said. He added that there must be greater surveillance of weapon shipment routes to the country. A ceasefire agreement was negotiated at a summit in Berlin last month but fighting has continued. Sixteen states and organizations meeting in Berlin agreed to end outside interference in the ongoing civil war. “It is now a matter of implementing step by step what was decided in Berlin,” Maas added. At the same press conference, UN Deputy Special Representative to Libya Stephanie Williams said that “the arms embargo has become a joke; we all really need to step up here. … It’s complicated because there are violations by land, sea and air, but it needs to be monitored and there needs to be accountability.”

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