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Seven nations reject interim government request for armament

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Seven member nations of Security Council rejected, Monday, the request of Libyan interim government, affiliated to the House of Representatives (HoR), to lift arms embargo to allow the Libyan army to better fight terrorism.

According to Libyan News Agency, Security Council postpones consideration of this decision, waiting for the results of Libyan dialogue and efforts of UN envoy, Bernardino Leon, who is attempting to convince all parties to reform national accord government.

The agency added that six member states, France, US, Britain, Chile, New Zealand and Lithuania, approved the government’s request, but the examination of the decision was postponed until further notice.

Libya’s permanent representative to the UN Ibrahim Al-Dabashy, announced, last Thursday, before Security council that the leadership of Libyan army handled the sanctions committee specific requests for exceptions of arms embargo embossed on Libya.

Al-Dabashy declared that those requests are about improving the ability of air forces to better monitor Libyan grounds and frontiers, and stop terrorists from reaching oil facilities and fields.

Form his side, HOR chairman Ageela Saleh, said that HoR will continue talks even after HoR mandate ends in 20 October, if no agreement is reached by this time.

On the other hand, media committee in HoR said that the HoR has no intention in extending its mandate after 20 October, which explicitly contradicts what is stated by HoR chairman. The committee added that a road map will be announced before 20 October to set the features of the coming phase.

It also said in a statement “we will determine those who will take responsibility, according to the people will, to avoid any political vacuum”.

The committee didn’t give any further details. However, this declaration is the first from HoR concerning the current debate about its mandate and possible suggestions to avoid vacuum.

It is known that, Libyan Dialogue in Skhirat reached its final stage represented in the agreement on forming national government, HoR is considered to be the biggest obstructive, the GNC once played that role.

Leon stated earlier that those who refuse to sign from HoR delegate are not a significant number, but a large number of HoR members agree to sign and move forward to Consensus.