Security Council Committee Concerning Libya Issues Additional Guidance on Arms Embargo Related Matters
On 13 October 2014, the members of the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1970 (2011) concerning Libya agreed to issue additional guidance, as indicated below, to Member States, international organizations and private actors on arms embargo related matters.
Previously, on 25 September, the Committee had issued a note verbale to all Member States on the subject of outstanding deliveries of arms and related materiel, exempted by the Committee prior to the adoption of resolution 2174 (2014) of 27 August 2014, to Libya, drawing attention to the high risk of diversion and misuse of such materiel and urging the exercise of caution and due diligence.
The members of the Committee remind end-users, including both Member States and international organizations, that they are responsible for the management of the materiel previously notified to or approved by the Committee under paragraph 9 of resolution 1970 (2011) and paragraph 13(b) of resolution 2009 (2011), respectively. Such management includes strict control over the materiel in Libya and the prevention of its use for purposes other than those included in the exemption request, without having sought or notified a further exemption.
The members of the Committee encourage Member States to immediately report to the Committee any loss, theft or diversion of materiel previously notified to or approved by the Committee under paragraph 9 of resolution 1970 (2011) and paragraph 13(b) of resolution 2009 (2011).
The members of the Committee request that Member States remind private actors who wish to sell arms and related materiel, including sports shooting equipment, that the export to Libya of such items falls under scope of the arms embargo, even if no export license is required under national laws.
The members of the Committee further encourage all Member States to approach the Committee should they need any clarification on the scope and implementation of the arms embargo in relation to Libya.