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UN Mission in Libya: monopoly of arms in Libya belongs to the state alone.

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   Tripoli, 28 November 2022 (Lana) Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Political Affairs Residon Zenenga stressed the need to take gradual steps to place arms under the authority and responsibility of the Libyan state.

This came in a speech during his participation in the workshop organized on Monday by the Joint Operations Center on "the state's monopoly on weapons in Libya," according to what the mission published on its official SMS page.

Zenenga said that the monopoly on weapons belongs to the state alone, which has the means to use it in a legitimate and accountable manner, in order to provide security for Libyans under the rule of law.

 Zenenga also reiterated UNSMIL's continued support for Libyan-led efforts in the areas of security reform, disarmament, demobilization and reintegration, withdrawal of foreign forces, foreign fighters and mercenaries, and collection and disposal of remnants of war and unexploded ordnance. He highlighted the challenges facing the security and safety of the Libyan people and institutions as a result of proliferation of weapons being owned by un-official bodies.