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EU ministers agree to new naval mission monitoring Libya arms embargo



German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas says European Union (EU) Foreign Ministers have agreed, in principle on a new mission, including naval assets to monitor Libya’s UN arms embargo.

However, the decision involved measures to allay concerns that the presence of European ships in the Mediterranean Sea would create a pull factor for migrants seeking to reach the Europe from Libya.

The Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Maio, said that deploying vessels in the Eastern Mediterranean, away from migrant crossing routes, as well as a pledge to suspend the naval operations if a surge in attempted crossings was detected.

According to Austrian Foreign Minister, Alexander Schallenberg, Vienna has been particularly vocal about the migration concerns.

This will be a new mission replacing the EU’s currently suspended Operation Sophia.

He added that the details of the measures would be made public in due course.

The EU had pledged to do its utmost to uphold Libya’s arms embargo, as part of international efforts to resolve the lingering.

Edited By: Yahaya Isah/Emmanuel Yashim

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