NEW YORK, JUNE 12 – The UN Security Council unanimously adopted today a resolution extending the legal framework in place to inspect vessels suspected to violate the arms embargo on the high seas off the coast of Libya. “By speaking with one voice, today the Security Council highlighted once again its strong commitment to the stability and security of Libya and emphasized the importance of working together to protect the country from the threat posed by the combination of terrorism and proliferation of weapons”, the Italian Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Enzo Amendola said explaining Italy’s vote on the resolution.
“The fight against Daesh in Libya is a success story. However, it must not stop there. It is necessary to prevent Daesh remnants to regroup and rearm. The provisions of this Resolution are a critical tool in this crucial endeavor”, the Deputy Foreign Minister said.
Amendola stressed that the he stabilization of Libya is the best way to tackle the multiple aspects of the Libyan crisis and its reverberation on the migrants emergency in the Mediterranea. “Italy – a neighbour of Libya and a country at the very center of the Mediterranean Sea – is pursuing this strategic goal by supporting the Presidency Council and the institutional framework validated by the LPA and helping to broaden its base of support through wide reconciliation, i.e. by facilitating the meeting in Rome between Aghila Saleh and Abdulrahman Sweili”.
At the same time, no effort should be spared to enhance security in the Mediterranean Sea, Amendola said: “In this respect, the EU Mission Eunavfor MED is proving an important tool for the international community in terms of information-gathering and situation-awareness on one of the most complex and unstable areas of the Mediterranean Sea. It plays a role as a security provider both for the neighboring countries and for Europe. In addition to its core task – disrupting the business model of the smugglers of human beings – Eunavfor Med is playing a significant role in helping the implementation of the arms embargo in Libya that the Security Council itself has set, acting as a deterrent against flows of weapons being transferred by sea. I am convinced that the contribution provided by the Mission will be instrumental for the broader goal of achieving the stabilization of Libya”. (@OnuItalia)