In a letter he sent to the President of the European Parliament, Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, the Libyan national reconciliation government, announced his rejection of the European “Ireni” process to monitor the arms embargo to his country.
“We inform you of the government’s opposition to the European Union’s plan to monitor the arms embargo,” al-Sarraj said in the message.
Al-Sarraj confirmed that the Al-Wefaq government had received “with great regret” the news of the implementation of the “IRINI” operation because it was expecting “from the European neighboring countries to implement Security Council Resolution 1970 (2011) regarding the arms embargo to Libya.”
He added: “We did not expect that the European Union countries would not differentiate between the aggressor and the aggressor, siding with the aggressor and tightening the noose on the government of national reconciliation, forgetting that it is the legitimate government that you recognized.”
He said that his government was “dissatisfied” with the European Council’s selection of UN Security Council Resolution 2292 (2016), and its neglect of the rest of the decisions on monitoring land and air borders, which you know well as a major source of support for the Libyan National Army forces led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar.
The European Union launched the “IRINI” operation to replace the “Sofia” operation, which ended on March 31, to limit the new mission to monitoring the UN embargo on the supply of weapons to Libya across the maritime border only.