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World Control of the arms embargo: Germany sends navy ship into the Mediterranean again

08:05  03 march  2021
08:05  03 march  2021 Source:   sueddeutsche.de

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In November there was a political scandal with Turkey during an operation. Now the "Berlin" with around 220 soldiers is due to leave at the end of the week and control the arms embargo against Libya.

Der Einsatzgruppenversorger © Sina Schuldt / dpa The task force supplier Germany is sending a navy ship to the Mediterranean again

Germany is sending another ship to the Mediterranean for the EU mission to monitor the arms embargo against Libya at the end of the week. About 220 soldiers will be on board the "Berlin", as a spokesman for the navy for the German press agency confirmed. They are supposed to control cargo ships heading for Libya in the Mediterranean.

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The last time the Bundeswehr took part in the EU mission "Irini" was from August to December of last year. The crew of the frigate "Hamburg" stopped a tanker that was supposed to bring kerosene to Libya illegally. The search of a suspicious Turkish container ship in November also caused a stir. It had to be canceled because of a veto by the Turkish government and triggered a political scandal.

According to current plans, the task force supplier "Berlin" should leave Wilhelmshaven on Friday at 4 pm. The multi-function ship, which is more than 170 meters long, is expected in the area of ​​operation in the middle of the month. Germany is currently participating in the EU mission with a P-3C Orion long-range reconnaissance aircraft. The goals of "Irini" are to stabilize Libya, a civil war country in North Africa, and to support the UN-led political peace process. In addition to arms smuggling, oil smuggling should also be prevented.

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There has been violence and chaos in Libya since the overthrow of long-term ruler Muammar al-Gaddafi in 2011. Most recently, at the beginning of February, Abdul Hamid Dbaiba was appointed head of a new transitional government. This is to replace the two governments that have been competing for power in the country so far.

For the EU, a solution to the Libya conflict is also important because the conditions in the country favor the business of smugglers who bring migrants illegally across the Mediterranean to Europe. As early as 2020, the EU imposed the first sanctions for violating the United Nations arms embargo against Libya. They met companies from Turkey, Jordan and Kazakhstan that are said to have been involved in the transport of war material.

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