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UN Security Council briefly extends Libya mission’s mandate

March 5, 2015

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council has extended until the end of this month the U.N. mission’s mandate in Libya as some council members hope that peace talks between the country’s rival governments will make progress.

The council unanimously approved the extension Thursday until March 31. Meanwhile, Jordan’s ambassador says talks continue on a draft resolution backed by Libya and neighboring Egypt that is hung up on language over an existing U.N. arms embargo on the north African country.

Libya’s Western-backed government has demanded that the embargo be lifted or loosened to allow it to fight the growing threat of the Islamic State group, but some council members worry that weapons would fall into the wrong hands amid the chaos.

Libya’s other government is backed by Islamist militias.

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