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Borrell hints that EU’s Operation IRINI off Libya’s coast is “a failure”

The High Representative of the European Union Josep Borrell has hinted at the fact that Operation IRINI for monitoring arms embargo implementation in Libya is “a failure before its kickoff.”

Borrell said in an article on Brussles 2 website on Wednesday that EU’s Operation IRINI doesn’t have the needed capabilities to start work despite being launched early this month.

He also said that the EU has a responsibility in resolving the Libyan conflict as it affects the security and stability of neighboring countries as well as the interests of Europe at large.

“Libyan parties should therefore commit to a ceasefire and return to political dialogue,” he added, saying all those parties that want peace in Libya should support the political process.

According to Borrell, what is now happening in Libya is a war of attrition and it’s agaisnt Berlin conference conclusions, the UN and the EU’s peace efforts.

He said a ceasefire in Libya is very important for starting reconciliation efforts across the country.

Borrell indicated that ceasefire will need a halt of arms embargo violations to set aside military solutions and bring about diplomatic work that aims to end negative foreign intervention in the country.

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