Malta withdraws from EU’s Operation IRINI

Malta withdraws from EU’s Operation IRINI

May 08, 2020 - 14:55
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Malta has formally given notice to the European Commission that it will no longer commit any military assets to the EU’s Operation IRINI, Malta Today reported on Friday.

The newspaper said that Malta will vote to freeze financing for Operation IRINI, a naval mission that aims to monitor arms traffic into Libya. 

Malta would also be using its veto to block the planned extension of Operation IRINI through the use of further military vessels.

Malta has now told the Special Athena Committee it will veto decisions on Operation IRINI that concern spending procedures for disembarkation of migrants, port diversions, and the eligibility of drones.

The Maltese government will also inform the European Commission that it will no longer provide boarding team to Operation IRINI, a mission that has come under harsh criticism from the Libyan Government of National Accord for “bias”.

The Libyan House of Representatives based in Tripoli has accused the European Union of working to enable Khalifa Haftar in Libya by dubious ways by turning a blind eye to the arms supply for Haftar from the air and land borders of eastern Libya.

Meanwhile, France, a strong backer of warlord Khalifa Haftar, has deployed two frigates off the coast of Libya to monitor routes to Tripoli.