Diplomats Russia and China block sanctions on 2 Libyans

center_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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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

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