Libyan PM calls on UN Security Council to partially lift arms embargo
TRIPOLI, Nov. 1 (Xinhua) -- Libya's UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez Serraj on Thursday urged the UN Security Council's Sanctions Committee to partially lift the arms embargo on Libya.
Serraj made his remarks during a meeting with the Committee's Chairman on Libya Olof Skoog in the capital Tripoli, according to a statement issued by the Libyan Prime Minister's Information Office.
Serraj called for a partial lifting of the arms embargo in order to support efforts against terrorism and illegal immigration, the statement said.
"Serraj explained that there are those who illegally provide weapons and money (to certain parties in Libya), while restrictions are imposed on the legitimate government. He pointed out that the reports of the Sanctions Committee are evidence of all the violations in recent years," the statement added.
Serraj also demanded for the management of the frozen Libyan funds abroad rather than unfreezing them, in order for the government to meet its economic commitments.
The UN Security Council has imposed a ban on the sale and supply of arms to Libya since 2011.
Libya is suffering from a security chaos and a political division, with authorities in the east and west of the country.