Greece to participate in new mission to enforce Libya arms embargo


Greek Foreign Minister Niko Dendias has reiterated Greece’s support and commitment for participation in a new maritime operation focused on enforcing the U.N. arms embargo around war-torn Libya, Greek daily Kathimerini reported on Monday.

European Union foreign ministers agreed on Monday to launch a new effort focused on enforcing the U.N. arms embargo around the country, which has been divided between rival factions since 2014.

The yet unnamed operation will send the arms via aerial, satellite and maritime assets, Kathmerini reported the bloc’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell as saying.

Turkey has sent a limited number of its own troops and thousands of Syrian fighters to help defend the U.N.-recognised government in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, which has been fighting against a seige by eastern rivals, backed by Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, France, and Russian mercenaries.

Greece also maintains strong objections to a maritime agreement signed between Ankara and the U.N.-recognised Libyan government in Tripoli in November, which makes Turkey and Libya maritime neighbours and ignores some Greek territorial areas.



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