"We must completely prevent weapons from reaching Libya by land, air and sea," said Josep Borell, the high representative for security and foreign policy in the European Union, adding that the best way to ensure the continuation of a truce is to prohibit the supply of weapons.
In an interview with the German newspaper Die Welt on Tuesday, Borrell said that by re-launching the Sofia Maritime Mission, it was possible to control the supply of weapons to Libya via the Mediterranean.
Borrell also described the Sofia operation as a "migration brake" and defended the relaunch of the process in response to criticism of some countries, including Italy, Austria and Greece, by saying: "It is not true that the Sofia Maritime Mission attracts more migrants and increases immigration flows to Europe." .
He pointed out that the number of migrants to Europe from Libya in 2018 decreased to 27,400, compared to 164,000 in 2016.