UN demands all countries enforce UN arms embargo on Libya
In the years after the 2011 uprising that toppled long-time autocrat Muammar al-Gaddafi, Libya has sunk further into turmoil and is now divided between two rival administrations, based in the country's east and west, with an array of fighters and militias – backed by various foreign powers – allied with each side.
The resolution's approval follows a recent report by UN experts monitoring sanctions on Libya that accused its warring parties and their international backers – the United Arab Emirates, Russia and Jordan on one side and Turkey and Qatar on the other – of violating the arms embargo, saying it remains "totally ineffective".
The resolution also extended UN's political mission in Libya, or UNSMIL, until next September and stressed its "central role in facilitating a Libyan-led and Libyan-owned inclusive political process and in achieving a lasting cease-fire."
The job of former UN special representative Ghassan Salame, who resigned in March, has been split into two, as the United States demanded, putting a special envoy in charge of UNSMIL to focus on mediating with Libyan and international parties to end the conflict, with a coordinator in charge of day-to-day operations.
The US demand held up a replacement for Salame and the resolution asks Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to appoint a special envoy "without delay". One possibility is the UN's current top Mideast envoy, Nikolay Mladenov, a former Bulgarian foreign minister, UN diplomats said, speaking on condition of anonymity because discussions have been private. (AP)