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Security Council Authorizes Inspection of Suspected Embargo-Breaking Vessels off Libya’s Coast.

Source: UN Security Council

In an effort to implement the arms embargo imposed on Libya, the Security Council today authorized Member States, acting nationally or through regional organizations, to inspect vessels on the high seas off the coast of Libya believed to be in violation of the embargo.

Unanimously adopting resolution 2292 (2016) under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, the 15-member Council condemned the flow of arms and related materiel into Libya, including to Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) and other terrorist groups in the country.  It urged Member States to combat, by all means, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.

Also by the text, the Council authorized Member States to use all measures to carry out such inspections, without undue delay or interference with the exercise of free navigation, and to seize and dispose of such items without harming the marine environment or the safety of navigation.

By further terms, States carrying out inspections would promptly submit an initial written report to the 1970 Committee established to oversee the sanctions against Libya, explaining the grounds for and results of
inspection and describing efforts to seek consent from the vessel's flag State.  A subsequent report would provide details not provided in the initial one.

Link to the UNSRC article:  http://www.un.org/press/en/2016/sc12401.doc.htm
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