1. Skip to content
  2. Skip to main menu
  3. Skip to more DW sites

EU imposes sanctions on violators of Libya weapons embargo

September 21, 2020

The European Union has imposed sanctions on three firms for breaking a UN arms embargo on Libya. Two individuals were also sanctioned for involvement with supplying military equipment material to the country. 

Libyen Symbolbild Regierungssoldat
Image: picture-alliance/Photoshot

EU foreign ministers on Monday agreed to sanctions against entities that violated the UN embargo on arms flowing into Libya. 

The measures target three companies — from Jordan, Kazakhstan, and Turkey — as well as two individuals for providing planes, ships and other logistics to funnel combat equipment into Libya.

The 2011 toppling of dictator Moammar Gadhafi plunged Libya into chaos, making it a battleground for rival forces. The UN weapons embargo was imposed that year, although this has often been broken.

Libya has two competing administrations: The Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli, which is recognized by the United Nations, and a government in the eastern city of Tobruk. The Tobruk-based administration receives support from Egypt, Russia and the United Arab Emirates and is aligned with the leader of the so-called Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar.

Read more: EU should 'threaten military intervention' in Libya: Wolfgang Ischinger

Almost all countries involved in the conflict promised to stop supplying the warring factions with fighters and weapons at a summit in Berlin in January.  However, neither side fully kept to this.

The EU is particularly keen to see the dispute resolved, because the fighting in Libya has made conditions easier for people smugglers take migrants to Europe to operate in the Mediterranean Sea.

rc/msh (dpa, Reuters)

An earlier version of this article said a siege of Tripoli was ongoing since April 2019. That siege broke in June. 

Skip next section Explore more
Skip next section DW's Top Story

DW's Top Story

A visitor to the 2022 Reunification Day celebrations in Erfurt wearing a knitted hat in the colors of the German flag
Skip next section More stories from DW
Go to homepage