UN Prohibited From Using Tripoli Airport – A spokesman for the Eastern Forces affiliated with Khalifa HList said it would not allow the United Nations to use the only functioning airport in the Libyan capital, Tripoli. The UN is not permitt because it cannot guarantee security.
Air Force spokesman Ahmed Mismari stated that the United Nations must use other airports such as Misrata. According to them, this was because the UN could not guarantee the safety of flights to Tripoli Mitiga airport because Turkey was using it as a base.
The UN mission to Libya had previously accused HList forces of blocking flights carrying UN staff to Libya. Earlier on Wednesday (12/2) the UN Security Council voted to support a ceasefire in Libya.
This is a plan for a monitoring mission there. The UN Security Council told countries to stop sending weapons to war-torn North African oil exporters.
A total of 14 countries chose to adopt a resolution drafted by Britain and Germany, the first binding text adopted by the UNSC since the fighting last April. Russia, accused of sending mercenaries to Libya, abstained in the vote.
The three-page document assigned UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres with planning an effective ceasefire monitoring mechanism. This means that the mechanism can be a precursor to the deployment of UN troops.
UN Prohibited From Using Tripoli Airport
Belgian Foreign Minister Philippe Goffin said the document sent a strong and clear message by the international community to the Libyan parties that the conflict in Libya must end.
All member states must refrain from exacerbating the conflict and strictly abiding by the UN arms embargo. The most urgent step is reaching an agreement on a lasting ceasefire, Goffin was quoted as saying by Anadolu Agency on Thursday. Link Bandar Ceme
Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya told council members after the vote that it was not yet clear that rival forces fighting in the multi-militant Libyan civil war were ready to lay down their weapons first. Since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, two seats of power have emerged in Libya.
One in the east is support by Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Russia and others. Another one in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, in the west which received UN recognition.
Renegade’s military commander, Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalifa HList, based in the east, launched an attack to seize Tripoli last April. The attack caused chaos and bloodshed.