Wagner Group: Sanctions

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered at on 4 September 2023.

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Photo of Daniel Kawczynski Daniel Kawczynski Conservative, Shrewsbury and Atcham

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he is taking steps to ensure that sanctions are imposed on (a) Saddam Haftar and (b) other individuals associated with the Wagner Group alleged to have committed war crimes and corruption.

Photo of Daniel Kawczynski Daniel Kawczynski Conservative, Shrewsbury and Atcham

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department plans to take to help prevent Saddam Haftar from (a) transferring funds to the Wagner Group, (b) facilitating illegal migration to Europe from eastern Libya and (c) overseeing the effort to send weapons and fuel to militiamen loyal to Hemedti in Sudan.

Photo of Daniel Kawczynski Daniel Kawczynski Conservative, Shrewsbury and Atcham

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to Libya: we are your masters, published by Amnesty International in December 2022, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of imposing sanctions on Saddam Haftar for alleged war crimes committed by his personal militia.

Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The UK is committed to supporting the UN-facilitated, Libyan-led and owned political process to secure peace, stability and prosperity in Libya. This offers the surest route to tackling challenges such as human rights violations and illegal migration.

We keep our sanctions under review but do not speculate on future designations as doing so could reduce their impact. We consistently demand full compliance with the UN arms embargo on Libya and have called for full implementation of the 2020 ceasefire agreement as set out in UN Security Council Resolution 2570, including the withdrawal of foreign forces and mercenaries, including the Russian Wagner Group.

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