U.S.: “EUROPE IS NOT DOING ENOUGH IN LIBYA”


18/07/2020




İrem UZUN -TDO- David Schenker, the assistant secretary for Near East Affairs, said on Thursday the EU was biased and criticized only Turkey's involvement in the Libyan conflict. A European Union mission to stop arms shipments to war-torn Libya is not "serious", a senior U.S. diplomat has said, accusing the bloc of not doing enough to end violations of a UN arms embargo by countries such as Russia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt.

"There is a lot more they could do. They could, for example, designate the Wagner Group. If they aren't going to take out a more robust role, then this thing is going to drag on," Schenker said. He added that the Europeans' naval mission in the Mediterranean Sea, ostensibly to help enforce the UN arms embargo on Libya, had been limited to countering Turkey.  "The only interdictions that they are doing is of Turkish military material that they're sending to Libya. Nobody is interdicting Russian aircraft, nobody is interdicting Emirati aircraft, nobody is interdicting the Egyptians," Schenker said.

Libya has descended into chaos after the NATO-backed overthrow of leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. Since 2014, it has been split, with an internationally recognized government controlling the capital, Tripoli, and the northwest, while military leader Khalifa Haftar in Benghazi rules the east.  Haftar is supported by the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Russia, while the government is backed by Turkey.


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