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Egypt welcomes UN call for Libya cargo inspections

UN Security Council calls for inspection of all cargo entering and leaving Libya, and for confiscation of prohibited items and weapons

Ahram Online, Thursday 28 Aug 2014
Libyan Foreign Minister Mohammed Abdel Aziz (R) and his Egyptian counterpart (L) attend the Fourth Ministerial Meeting for the Neighbouring Countries of Libya in Cairo, August 25, 2014. (Photo:Reuters)
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The United Nations Security Council has called for Libya's neighbours to inspect all cargo entering and leaving the country to ensure it does not contain prohibited items or weapons.

The decision on Wednesday also allows discovered illegal items or weapons to be confiscated.

The Egyptian foreign ministry on Thursday welcomed the move, stressing that Egypt would work to bring stability to Libya.

The UN Security Council also welcomed the Libyan House of Representative's call for an immediate ceasefire, highlighting the importance of dialogue between all parties.

It also called on the Arab League, African Union and all neighbouring countries to engage in such dialogue.

Libya’s Permanent Representative at the UN, Ibrahim Omar Dabbashi, said the adoption of the aforementioned solutions were “a very positive step and sent a very clear message."

Dabbashi called on the international community to assist the Libyan government and parliament to fight terrorism and armed groups, and restore peace and stability to the country.

The Egyptian foreign ministry highlighted on Thursday that Egypt and other neighboring countries were seeking to reach a political solution to the crisis in Libya through dialogue with all parties in the conflict.

Egypt will introduce its initiative at a ministerial meeting to discuss the situation in Libyan in Madrid on 17 September.  

Last Monday, Egypt's foreign minister and his Libyan counterpart announced an initiative to bring stability to Libya, including a plan to disarm warring militias that have wreaked havoc on the country in recent weeks.

The announcement comes a day after Egypt's foreign ministry denied involvement in a series of airstrikes in the Libyan capital which targeted alleged militia strongholds.

The recent fighting in Libya is the worst since the NATO-backed campaign to oust Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. Renegade general Khalifa Haftar has declared war on Islamist-leaning forces, part of the growing disorder that has swept the North African oil producer.

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