EU to renew Operation IRINI for two more years

EU to renew Operation IRINI for two more years

March 22, 2021 - 21:31
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The High Representative of the European Union (EU) Josep Borrell said Operation IRINI off Libyan coast, which works to monitor the implementation of the UN arms embargo in the country, would be extended two more years to monitor suspected vessels as per Security Council resolutions.

Borrell said those remarks in a statement celebrating the first anniversary of Operation IRINI, launched March 31, 2020.

He said Operation has monitored 16 Libyan ports and oil facilities, 25 airports, landing strips, as well as 194 flights, possibly carrying military-related cargoes.

Borrell added that Operation IRINI had shared more than 20 confidential reports with a panel of United Nations experts covering violations of the arms embargo on both sides of the conflict in Libya, putting the spotlight on illegal trafficking and raising the stakes for spoilers.