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Kazakhstan Suspends 3 Airlines for Breaking UN Libya Embargo

Kazakhstan Suspends 3 Airlines for Breaking UN Libya Embargo

Thursday, 24 September, 2020 - 05:15
Members of an armed group hold their weapons in Libya February 18, 2014. REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori

Kazakhstan has barred three air carriers from operating for violating a UN Security Council embargo covering the supply of arms to Libya, the Central Asian country's government said Wednesday.

A statement on the website of the Kazakh industry ministry said that it had stripped the locally held licenses of Azee Air, Sigma Airlines and Jenis Air.

According to Agence Fance Presse, the statement said that the Security Council had informed Kazakhstan via a letter that the trio were violating the embargo in February of this year.

Flights by the three air carriers to Libya "were carried out from third countries", the ministry said, noting that it was not Kazakhstan's responsibility to monitor the airlines' activities outside of Kazakhstan.

UN officials have long warned that deliveries of foreign-made weapons to Libya are undermining peace efforts.

The European Union on Monday imposed sanctions on three companies -- one of them Turkish -- for breaching the UN arms embargo on Libya, drawing an angry reaction from Ankara.

UN experts warned in a report this month that violations of the Security Council embargo are "extensive, blatant and with complete disregard for the sanctions.”

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