UN proposal would ask EU ships to enforce Libya arms embargo

Rebel fighters hold their weapons aloft to welcome a Turkish ship arriving from Misrata to the port of Benghazi to evacuate the wounded on April 3, 2011France and Britain are preparing a UN resolution that would authorize EU ships in the Mediterranean to intercept vessels suspected of carrying weapons to Libya, diplomats said Monday. The European Union’s Operation Sophia would be tasked with enforcing a UN arms embargo that was imposed on Libya in 2011, during the uprising against Moamer Kadhafi. European powers are also looking at building up Libya’s coast guards to ramp up operations against migrant smugglers operating off the coast of the north African country.

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