The UN Security Council has again, by unanimous vote, decided to follow up on the Resolutions passed in the summer of 2014 and has unanimously passed two further Resolutions on Libya.
These new resolutions draw attention to the fact that travel bans against certain persons remain in place, call for a ceasefire, and draw attention to the growing threat of Islamic extremism.
Resolution 2214 of 2015 outlines and demonstrates the concern that the UN has for the increasing threat posed by ISIL, its supporters and other groups associated with similar terrorist organisations and the probable effect on the future stability of Libya.
The UN Security Council asked the Sanctions Committee (established in 2011) to consider requests for arms and equipment for use by the Libyan Government, (although it does not refer to which of the two current governments this request is designed to support). It refers to "use by official Armed Forces to combat ISIL and similar organisations".
Resolution 2213 of 2015 also extends the mandate for UNSMIL to focus on supporting the Libyan political process and security in the country including human rights monitoring and reporting.
These Resolutions highlight the increasing concern that the international community has for Libya, an oil rich country on the north coast of Africa and only a 45 minute flight from the EU. The Resolutions reflect the fact that Libya is being seen as an increasingly lawless country whose security vacuum provides an ideal venue for ISIL to flourish unchallenged.