The UN Security Council embargo on arms sales to Libya prevents the country from fighting terrorism effectively, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, the head of the Libyan National Army (LNA), told Sputnik.
“To continue the embargo is to prolong the existence of terrorism, prolong the war and increase its costs,” Haftar said.
He added that despite the ban, “terrorist and militia organisations in Libya are importing arms of all kinds.”
“If there was no embargo, we would have eliminated terrorism in Libya years ago, and we would not have paid such a high price,” the field marshal said.
LNA uses “mostly Russian weapons, which were imported under agreements over the past decades, and are old and in need of regular maintenance,” Haftar said.
“Russia can play an active role in lifting the arms embargo, but the resolution needs a majority in the Security Council and no veto,” the field marshal said.
“We know that the issue of lifting the embargo is not easy and requires international consensus, but the world must understand what the national army is doing.