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19:31 18.05.2016(updated 20:41 18.05.2016)
The Libyan Army wants more support from world powers in its fight against Islamists, the army spokesman told Sputnik on Wednesday, as he criticized the international community for giving its military aid to the UN-backed unity government alone.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – At a meeting in Vienna on Monday, several UN Security Council nations said they supported the Libyan Government of National Accord’s (GNA) request for lethal arms to fight the Islamic State (IS) and other terror groups.
“The international community has allowed the supply of weapons to the Government of National Accord, but ignored the Army. The Libyan Army has more than once asked for arms to help it in the fight against terrorism, while rejecting foreign troops on the ground,” Col. Ahmed Mismari said.
The national unity government arrived in Tripoli in March to take charge of the country. Since the ouster of its leader in 2011, Libya has been in a security vacuum that was filled in by Islamist radicals. The UN-supported government hopes that the international community will help it arm and train a national guard to reclaim land from terrorists.
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