By Libya Herald staff.
Tripoli, 9 November 2014:
The US is considering imposing its own sanctions against various warring factions in Libya, even . . .[restrict]as it also supports UN sanctions under the guidelines of UN Security Council Resolution 2174.
An official at the US embassy to Libya, which is currently based in Malta, told the Libya Herald, “We support the implementation of UNSCR 2174 to address threats to Libya’s peace and stability. Those responsible for violence and those who obstruct and undermine Libya’s democratic transition must and will be held accountable.”
According to the embassy, no one side is to be held solely responsible for obstruction to the peace process and the ongoing violence.
“There are many individuals, of different political persuasions, in Libya whose actions meet the criteria for sanctions under UNSCR 2174.?”
The sanctions process being considered by the US and the UN is not connected with the recent Supreme Court ruling that the House of Representatives s unconstitutional. The UN and Western nations have given a very muted response to that decision.
Pressure remains for the different sides of the conflict in Libya to engage in the talks being spearheaded by UN Special Representative of the Secretary General Bernardino Leon.
“We urge Libyans to engage with Leon to forge consensus on the path ahead,” said the US embassy representative. [/restrict]