By Libya Herald staff.
Cairo, 28 August 2014:
Egypt has said that is prepared to lead an international coalition under the umbrella of . . .[restrict]the Arab League to stabilise Libya, adding that it would also carry out military strikes if requested by the Libyan House of Representatives.
The Egyptian government says it will present the proposasl to the UN Security Council on 25 September.
Just last night, the UN voted unanimously to take action against those who threaten Libya’s stability and democratic process. The resolution broadened the parameters of existing UN sanctions on the country to include both travel bans and financial penalties for those groups and individuals that supported acts that “threaten the peace, stability or security of Libya”.
Egypt has welcomed the resolution, particularly the Security Council’s ban on arms shipped to militias and its decision to instruct Libya’s neighbouring countries — including Egypt — to inspect all cargoes to and from Libya to ensure they do not contain arms and munitions or any other illicit items.
In June, Egyptian authorities discovered a shipment headed toward militants on their side of the border containing more than 1,000 weapons, including grenades and machine guns. Officials believe that these militias have similar ambitions to those of ISIS in Iraq and that they want to overthrow Sisi and establish a Islamic state in Egypt.
Egypt, which has struggled to find stability since its own revolution, has a lot to lose should Libyan violence bleed over its border and weapons continue to flow freely. [/restrict]