World powers consider demands from Libya in fight against ISIL
May 17, Tripoli: World powers are ready to consider demands from Libya's new unity government for exemptions from a UN arms embargo and militarily equip it in its fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and other groups, reports said.
The US, four other permanent UN Security Council members and the more than 15 other nations participating in talks on Libya said they were "ready to respond to the Libyan government's requests for training and equipping" government forces.
The joint decision, announced by US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday, followed a meeting in Vienna which was attended by diplomats from more than 20 countries.
Kerry said, "The Government of National Accord has voiced its intention to submit appropriate arms embargo exemption requests to the UN Libya Sanctions Committee to procure necessary lethal arms and materiel to counter UN-designated terrorist groups and to combat (ISIL) throughout the country."
Hafed Al Ghwell, a senior adviser at Oxford Analytica told Al Jazeera that there are fears that weapons could fall into the wrong hands.
The conference was co-chaired by Kerry and his Italian counterpart Paolo Gentiloni.
While the joint statement spoke of intentions, the fact that all five permanent Security Council members back the plan to arm the internationally backed government means that it is unlikely to face significant opposition from any quarter, Al Jazeera reported.
The Libyan unity government has said it will submit an arms embargo exemption request to the UN, to be able to gain the necessary arms to combat ISIL throughout the country. The ban was put in place five years ago.
The Oslo Times