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Borrell and Al-Serraj discuss IRINI

Josep Borrell, the EU top diplomat, called the Chair of the Government of National Accord (GNA) of Libya, Fayez al-Serraj, on 18 May to discuss the latest developments in the country.

The EU diplomat conveyed his concerns over the escalation of fighting in and around Tripoli and the increasing shelling on densely populated residential areas, that have resulted in casualties and a deteriorating humanitarian situation.

Borrell commended the Chair for his government’s openness to participate actively in the Berlin process and reiterated the importance for all the parties of the conflict to halt the fighting, agree on a lasting ceasefire and resume political negotiations. He underlined the EU’s continued firm commitment to a political solution to the Libyan crisis through the implementation of the Berlin Conference conclusions and reminded the Al-Serraj of the EU’s active engagement to advance towards that objective.

Borrell and al-Serraj also spoke about the EU’s new military CSDP Operation Irini, which aims to end the illegal flow of weapons and military equipment to Libya that have been fuelling the ongoing conflict.

The Operation IRINI is one of the EU’s contributions to the return of stability in Libya and an operational expression of its concrete commitment to the UN-led Berlin process on Libya.

The Operation is deploying its naval and aerial assets and using satellite imagery to ensure the broadest possible coverage, operating in the framework of relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

EU on Mozambique acceding Arms Trade Treaty

“On 14 December 2018, Mozambique became the 100th State Party to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), after depositing its instrument of ratification to the Secretary General of the United Nations.  Over half a million people are killed with conventional arms every year and strengthening the regulation of international trade in these weapons, which the ATT is designed to do, can save lives around the world.  By acceding to the Treaty, countries contribute to the advancement of the ATTs’ objective to prevent and eradicate the illicit trade in conventional arms and ammunition, and prevent their diversion” the European External Action Service (EEAS) says in a statement.

“100 States Parties is an important achievement for the Treaty, which entered into force on 24 December 2014, but additional support is needed to allow the ATT to reach its full potential and to make it even more effective. Universal adherence would positively contribute to global peace, security and stability, and create conditions for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

“All 28 European Union Member States have joined the ATT and are pursuing its objectives, its universal ratification and full, effective implementation. All Signatory States should advance their ratification processes and all States, especially the major arms exporters, importers and transit States, to join the ATT without delay”