foreign ministers meet again in germany to discuss libyan ceasefire efforts; embargo called a 'joke'
The foreign ministers and other senior officials from over 10 countries met in Germany on Sunday to address the ongoing fighting in Libya and reaffirm their support and commitment to a ceasefire and arms embargo, which few have actually upheld.
The embargo was described by one senior UN official as a "joke", that must be upheld. Deputy UN Special Representative to Libya Stephanie Williams, went on to note that "we all really need to step up here... its complicated because there are violations by land, sea and air, but it needs to be monitored and there needs to be accountability."
Germany, who hosted the Berlin conference in January, together with the UN, gathered this new meeting to pressure the various foreign powers involved in Libya to cease their military interventions. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas was quoted as saying "It has been obvious in the last weeks there have been many not insignificant breaches of the weapons embargo." Despite the various explanations for the breaches, "everybody agrees that the path we have taken, which is to separate the conflicting parties from their supporters is still the only path to a possible successful outcome...in Libya."
Despite the best efforts of the UN, Germany and others, Al-Jazeera reports from Tripoli that sporadic fighting has continued, even though the sides agreed to a truce, and that the main issues of enforcing the arms embargo and the ceasefire have not been implemented.
Since the January peace conference in Berlin, the warring sides have met twice in Geneva to broker a ceasefire, and in Cairo to discuss economic matters. The UN Security Council passed a decision regarding foreign intervention in Libya, and signed off on a 55 point road map to end the war. The EU is reportedly discussing the idea of sending naval reinforcement to uphold the arms embargo.