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  Libye : Berlin, Paris et Rome appellent au respect de l'embargo sur les armes © Provided by Le Point

France , Germany and Italy declare themselves ready on Saturday to consider sanctions against foreign powers violating the arms embargo in Libya , and called on? all foreign actors to cease their interference? "In this country in civil war since 2011."? We call on all foreign actors to cease their interference and respect the arms embargo established by the United Nations Security Council? », Write, in a joint declaration, Angela Merkel , Emmanuel Macron and Giuseppe Conte.

The three European officials say "? Ready to consider the possible use of sanctions if the violations of the embargo on the sea, on land and in the air continue?" ”, In this press release, published on the sidelines of negotiations on a post-coronavirus recovery plan in Brussels. "? We call on all parties in Libya, as well as their foreign backers, to end the fighting immediately? ", Add the leaders, who express" serious concerns? "Vis-à-vis"? Increasing military tensions in the country? ". However, no country was mentioned by name.

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Growing concerns

Libya is torn by a conflict between two rival powers, each supported by foreign states: the Government of National Unity (GNA), recognized by the UN and based in Tripoli, and Marshal Khalifa Haftar, who reigns over the East and part of the South. The first is supported by Turkey, which has troops there, and the second by neighboring Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Russia.

Violations of the arms embargo, imposed on Libya since 2011, are the subject of growing concerns, while foreign interventions in the conflict are on the rise. At the beginning of July, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres denounced "? Foreign interference having reached unprecedented levels?" "In Libya, with" the delivery of sophisticated equipment and the number of mercenaries involved in the fighting? ".

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Three Sudanese migrants were killed in a shooting in Libya after the country's coast guard intercepted them at sea and returned them to shore, the UN refugee agency said Tuesday. The International Organization for Migration said separately that "local authorities started shooting when the migrants attempted to escape from the disembarkation point". The UNHCR said it "deplores the tragic loss of three lives and calls for an urgent investigation"The International Organization for Migration said separately that "local authorities started shooting when the migrants attempted to escape from the disembarkation point".

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