The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution on Libya that calls for an immediate ceasefire and ban on individuals involved in the ongoing violence in the country.
In addition to imposing sanctions such as travel bans and financial penalties, the resolution 2174 (2014) also tightens the supply, sale or transfer of arms and related material, including related ammunition and spare parts, to Libya.
It calls for Libyan neighbours to inspect all cargo shipments to and from Libya, if they have reasonable grounds to believe the cargo contains banned items.
The 15-member council has also asked the Libyan House of Representatives and Constitutional Drafting Assembly to conduct an inclusive Libyan-led political dialogue to help restore stability and forge consensus around the next steps in the country’s transition.
While the list of individuals likely to face sanctions remains undisclosed, Libya Herald reported that the list may include militia leaders in Tripoli, Benghazi and Sirte, as well as their political supporters.
Libyan permanent representative to the UN Ibrahim Omar Dabbashi said the adoption of resolution was ‘a very positive step and sent a very clear message’.
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Dabbashi, however, warned that the situation in Libya is becoming more complicated and could unravel into a ‘full-blown’ civil war.
The UN Support Mission in Libya’s outgoing head Tarek Mitri said the armed battles fuelled by deep divisions among Libyan political factions have been ‘unprecedented in their gravity and very alarming’, and have contributed to a rising death toll, which includes children.
"The threat from the spread of terrorist groups has become real. Their presence and activity in a number of Libyan cities are known to all," Mitri said.
"We need to remind Libyan political leaders and brigade commanders that dialogue remains the only alternative to a prolonged armed confrontation."
Last week, a coalition of Islamist and Misrata forces seized control of Tripoli’s main airport from Zintan-based pro-government militias.
The ongoing crisis has led to a deterioration of living conditions in Libya. It is believed that more than 100,000 people have been displaced, while another 150,000 have been forced to seek refuge abroad.