EU renews Libya Sanctions for Six Months

By John Lee.

The EU Council has prolonged the sanctions against Libya, targeting three persons for six months, "in view of the gravity of the situation" in the country.

On 1 April 2016, the Council added three persons to the list of people subject to EU restrictive measures against Libya:

  • Agila Saleh, president of the Libyan Council of Deputies in the House of Representatives;
  • Khalifa Ghweil, prime minister and defence minister of the internationally unrecognised General National Congress; and,
  • Nuri Abu Sahmain, president of the internationally unrecognised General National Congress.

The three are viewed as obstructing the implementation of the Libyan Political Agreement of 17 December 2015 and the formation of a Government of National Accord (GNA) in Libya.

The Council stressed that it remains concerned about the situation in Libya, and in particular about acts that threaten the peace, security or stability of the country, and that impede or undermine the successful completion of Libya's political transition.

(Source: EU Neighbourhood Info)

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