EU sanctions Turkish company accused of breaking Libya embargo

Duvar English / Reuters

The European Union imposed sanctions on Sept. 21 on a Turkish shipping company accused of breaking a U.N. arms embargo on Libya and whose vessel was involved in a naval incident between NATO members France and Turkey in June.

The asset freeze of the Samsun-based Avrasya Shipping, which the EU said operates the “Çirkin” cargo ship accused of smuggling weapons to Libya, is likely to anger Ankara, which denies arms trafficking and said the ship was carrying humanitarian aid.

“The Çirkin has been linked to transports of military material to Libya in May and June 2020,” said the EU’s Official Journal, which published the sanctions.

The EU has a naval mission to uphold the United Nations Security Council embargo on Libya, which has been in turmoil since the 2011 fall of Muammar Gaddafi.

In an incident in the eastern Mediterranean on June 10, a French frigate on a NATO mission tried to inspect the Çirkin cargo ship, according to the French armed forces ministry.

France says the frigate was harassed by three Turkish navy vessels escorting the cargo ship. A Turkish ship flashed its radar lights and its crew put on bulletproof vests and stood behind their light weapons, it said.

Turkey disputes this. It has accused the French navy of aggression.

NATO has investigated the incident, but the findings will not be discussed in public, diplomats told Reuters.

In addition to the sanctions on the Turkish company, the EU also imposed sanctions on two Libyan men with immediate effect.

The men included Mahmoud al-Werfalli, who the EU said was a commander in eastern Libya responsible for the killing of 33 people and one mass execution. The second man was Moussa Diab, whom the EU accused of human trafficking, rape and killing refugees.

The bloc also imposed sanctions on two other companies – Sigma Airlines, based in Kazakhstan, and Med Wave Shipping, based in Jordan.

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About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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