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EU denies intention to send military mission to Libya

The European Union, through its Diplomatic Committee and its Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Joint Defense, rejected accusations that it was planning to send military forces to Libya to support the ceasefire.

The spokeswoman for the European Agency for Foreign Affairs, Nabila Masrali, said the European Union is committed to continuing to support Libya’s return to peace and stability, including through its civilian mission in Libya and its military operation in the Mediterranean “IRINI”.

This denial came, according to the North African Post, following a report on Monday by investigative media that claimed that the European Union was planning to send a military mission to Libya in order to compete for influence with foreign powers there.

The internal document, dated July 1, noted that the Libyan peace process requires extensive disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of combatants, as well as basic security sector reform.

The leaked document states: “It is in this context that the EU’s Common Military Security and Defense Policy should be considered in order not to leave the entire field of activity in the military sphere of third countries, in the long term and when conditions permit; a military engagement with a mandate to support the SSR process in the military field should be considered.

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