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Libya: Freezing of Assets

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 6th March 2019.

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Photo of Lord Empey Lord Empey UUP

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that representatives of the Republic of Libya have been lobbying permanent members of the UN Security Council to seek a release of frozen Libyan assets; and whether they have contacted permanent members of the UN Security Council to ensure that no funds are unfrozen until an agreement between the UK and Libya has been reached to compensate UK citizens who suffered as a result of Gaddafi supplying Semtex to the IRA.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

​Libyan assets in the UK were frozen under UN Security Council Resolution 1973 at the request of the Libyan authorities in 2011. These assets can only be unfrozen by gaining the agreement of all members of the UN Security Council. No request has been made to the Security Council, and Her Majesty's Government has not contacted permanent members of the Security Council regarding this matter.

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