Libya: Arms Trade

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 31st March 2020.

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Photo of Virendra Sharma Virendra Sharma Labour, Ealing, Southall

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the transport of aviation fuel into Libya by Gulf Petroleum to forces allied to Khalifa Hiftar, what plans the Government has to (a) take legal action and (b) impose sanctions against companies found in violation of the arms embargo in Libya.

Photo of James Cleverly James Cleverly Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The UK is aware of allegations that aviation fuel was illicitly imported into Libya. The UK takes very seriously any reports of breaches of the UN Arms Embargo, which include imports of products such as aviation fuel destined for military use. These will be considered by the UN Sanctions Committee, which can decide to designate individuals or entities who undermine Libya's peace and security. The UK takes action against all individuals and entities so designated.

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