The EU has asked the UN Security Council for a mandate to crack down on illegal arms shipments off Libyan shores. The European bloc already has a naval mission in place to fight human trafficking.
Great Britain circulated a draft resolution on enforcing the arms embargo to Security Council members on Monday. In it, European officials expressed concern that smuggled weapons “may be used by terrorist groups operating in Libya, including by ISIL (Islamic State),” according to a Reuters report.
The proposed crackdown could also shore up the Libyan unity government by cutting off its opponents from the weapons trade. The internationally backed government has faced fierce opposition since it was set up two months ago.
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