The German government will send the frigate “Hamburg” with around 250 soldiers on board to the Mediterranean next week to participate in the “Irini” maritime mission of the European Union (EU), which was set up to monitor the arms embargo. The United Nations has imposed Libya.
According to the DPA, the frigate will arrive in the operational area in mid-August. Irini’s goal is to stabilize Libya and support the political process that the UN mediates to achieve a peace agreement.
The tasks set include collecting information on the illegal entry and exit of weapons, and checking and verifying all ships suspected of violating the arms embargo. Illegal oil drains from Libya are also monitored.
In view of the internationalization of the conflict and the support of various countries for the parties to the conflict, Germany, France and Italy have even threatened sanctions against countries that violate the United Nations arms embargo on Libya.