EU Sanctions three Top Libyans for Blocking UN-Backed Government

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 3:09 PM

N.-brokered unity government there from beginning its work. The EU identified the three in its official journal on Friday as Agilah Saleh, parliament head in the eastern city of Tobruk, Khalifa Ghweil, head of the so-called National Salvation Government and Nuri Abu Sahmain, who leads the outdated Common National Congress.

The European Union has slapped sanctions on three Libyan executive accused of hindering the new U. N.-brokered unity government there from beginning its work.

The EU identified the three in its official journal on Friday as Agilah Saleh, parliament head in the eastern city of Tobruk, Khalifa Ghweil, head of the so-called National Salvation Government and Nuri Abu Sahmain, who leads the outdated Common National Congress.

In a statement, the EU said the men, who face travel bans and asset freezes, have been "obstructing the implementation" of latest December'south Libyan political agreement and the formation of the so-called Government of National Accord.

It added that the EU "remains concerned about the situation in Libya, and in specific about acts that menace the peace, security or stability of the country, and that hinder or destroy the successful completion of Libya'south political transition."

U. N.-brokered talks to obtain a unity government up and running have been bogged down. Libya has been split between rival governments since two thousand fourteen, a consequence of the chaos that engulfed the country after a two thousand eleven uprising that toppled and killed longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

One is an Islamist-backed government in Tripoli, the other an internationally recognized leadership based in the east.

Amid a power struggle and a security vacuum, the Islamic State grouping has gained a foothold in Libya. It'south taken over the central city of Sirte and carried fatal attacks across the country.

The hope of the international community is that an operational unity government could eventually seek military assistance against the extremists. The EU also wants a stable government to assistance stop the flow of migrants into Europe.

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