PFIF Calls For An International Stand Against UAE Continued Violation Of Arms Ban In Libya
PARIS – Paris Francophone Institute for Freedoms (PFIF) called on Thursday for a firm and serious international stand against United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the ongoing violation of arms banning in Libya.
PFIF, an international human rights organization, said in a press release that the denunciation by UN panel of experts of the UAE enduring violation of arms embargo imposed on Libya and providing Alkarama militia led by retired Major General Khalifa Hafter with military support must meet immediate international response.
The Institute highlighted that these violations are causing serious consequences in the country, increasing the pace of fighting, spreading chaos and undermining international efforts to solve the problem that has been going on for years.
The report of the UN Panel of Experts released a few days ago showed that retired Major General Khalifa Hafter, who leads armed militias in Liba, receives multiple military services from a private airline registered in the UAE and owns an F900.
According to the report, the aircraft (L39C) was used to train the air force of the Karama militia led by Haftar. In addition, the company’s equipment is used to repair the L39 aircraft at the Brak base, in violation of the arms ban on Libya from that company.
The report pointed to the monitoring of using these aircraft by AlKarama militia on May 10 at Benina airport in Benghazi. The European Organization for Flight Safety said that the plane took off from Turin to Labraq airport in eastern Libya on March 29.
Meanwhile, documented reports in Switzerland confirmed that weapons had been sold by the country to UAE were spotted in Libya by armed militias causing chaos and sabotage.
PFIF stressed the need for international intervention to address the catastrophic role of the UAE within the Libyan arena by supplying militias with weapons that caused chaos in the country. As well as, it caused a political division within state institutions and disruption of the social fabric.
The Institute stressed that any international efforts to bring peace to Libya and resolve the internal conflict will not succeed without addressing the interference of regional countries led by UAE in Libyan internal affairs and ending its support for militias that pose a serious threat to any aspirations for security and stability in the country.