Diplomats Russia and China block sanctions on 2 Libyans

first_img Top Stories Check your body, save your life Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   Patients with chronic pain give advice UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia and China have blocked sanctions against two Libyans accused by the United States, Britain, France and Spain of undermining peace efforts in the deeply divided north African nation, U.N. diplomats said Friday.The four Western countries had urged the U.N. Security Council to impose an asset freeze and travel ban on the Libyans to send a signal ahead of new peace talks on June 8 “that spoilers of the political process will not be tolerated.” Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Libya has been torn among powerful armed militias that have left the country with two rival parliaments and governments, while groups allied to the Islamic State extremist group grow in strength.Libya’s U.N. Ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi wrote a letter to council members Thursday opposing sanctions on Othman Mlekta, a militia commander whose forces ssattacked parliament in May 2014, and Abdulrahman Swehli, a Misrata politician who supports a rival government in the capital Tripoli run by Islamist-allied Misrata militias.Two diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity because the process is private, said Russia and China raised objections ahead of the Friday afternoon deadline.A spokesman for Russia’s U.N. Mission said the request was put on “technical hold” for an inter-agency review in Moscow, adding that this applies in all sanctions cases. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.The Misrata militias pushed the elected parliament out of Tripoli and it now meets in the eastern city of Tobruk. Government forces and allied militias are also battling Islamist radical groups who operate in Benghazi, Libya’s second largest city. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The U.N. envoy to Libya, Bernardino Leon, who has been mediating talks, has urged the warring parties to agree on a unity government before the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on June 17. The next round of negotiations are scheduled to begin on June 8 in Rabat, Morocco.The United States said on behalf of the four countries in a note to council members that “a balanced and progressive approach to sanctioning spoilers — leaving more senior names for another time — could give a much needed push to those seeking to participate in Rabat.”According to the four countries, Mlekta, whose surname is also spelled Maliqta, is the commander of the Zintani Qaqa Brigade, a militia that attacked parliament using trucks mounted with anti-aircraft guns, mortars and rockets on May 18, 2014, and throughout last summer carried out missile attacks against civilians and Libyan oil facilities.Swehli reportedly pressed for an attack by Libya Dawn militias from Misrata against the oil port of Sidra in February to disrupt peace talks and sought to carry out sieges of government ministries by revolutionary militias, the note said.“His actions have inflamed the continued conflict in Libya and undermined the successful completion of Libya’s political transition facilitated by the U.N.-led dialogue process,” it said. Four benefits of having a wireless security systemlast_img read more

Burgaw community recognized for providing refuge for Holocaust survivors

first_imgWATHA, NC (WWAY) — You may notice something new along Highway 117 near Watha.A new North Carolina highway historical marker commemorates nine German-Jewish families rescued from the Holocaust and given homes and small farms in the Van Eeden area.- Advertisement – A ceremony was held Wednesday afternoon at the Pender County Library in Burgaw.The Jewish refugees lived here from 1939 till 1946At the time, Wilmington businessman Hugh MacRae owned more than a thousand acres of farmland in Pender County.Related Article: Church destroyed by Florence provides location for much needed suppliesHe sold some of it to Alvin Johnson who wanted to help Jewish refugees.Ann Wolf Loeb remembers coming here when she was 13 and she came to take part in Wednesday’s highway marker dedication.“If anybody has ever come over here by ship, to the United States, it’s the most amazing, amazing thing that you can imagine when you see the Statue of Liberty,” Wolf Loeb said.Most of the Jewish families who came here knew nothing about farming and eventually moved away.last_img read more