Libyan Gov’t Urges UN to Lift Arms Embargo

SHAFAQNA – News agencies reported that , The internationally-recognized government, one of two bodies that claims to rule troubled Libya, asked the council’s sanctions committee to grant an exemption to an arms embargo and allow it to beef up its air force. “The leadership of the Libyan army has submitted specific requests for exemptions from the arms embargo to the sanctions committee,” Libyan Ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi told the 15-member council.

“These requests relate to reinforcing the ability of the Libyan air force so that it may be able to monitor Libya’s territory and borders, and prevent the terrorists from reaching oil fields and oil facilities,” he said. According to a document from the sanctions committee, Libya is seeking to purchase 14 MiG fighter jets, seven helicopters, 150 tanks, 150 armed personnel carriers mounted with machine guns, 10,000 grenade launchers, along with ammunition rounds and mortars from defense contractors in Ukraine, the Czech Republic and Serbia.

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