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Mar 9, 2015

U.N. delays approval of Libya request for weapons, jets: diplomats

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – At least seven United Nations Security Council members, including Britain, France and the United States, delayed approval on Monday of a request by Libya to import weapons, tanks, jets and helicopters to take on Islamic State militants, diplomats said.

Spain, Lithuania, Chile and New Zealand joined Britain, France and the United States in placing a so-called “hold” on the request made to the Security Council committee that oversees an arms embargo imposed upon the North African state in 2011, said council diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Mar 6, 2015

U.N. experts concerned Libya arms could be diverted to militias

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.N. sanctions monitors said on Friday they are concerned that if a United Nations Security Council committee approves a request by Libya’s government for weapons, tanks and jets, some of the equipment could be diverted to militias supporting them.

The experts, who monitor violations of an arms embargo imposed on Libya in 2011, said in a letter – obtained by Reuters – that arms could also end up in the hands of other militia after battles or if Libyan troops lose control of stockpiles.

Mar 6, 2015

Russia defends Ukraine pilot’s detention; U.N., U.S. demand release

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations, the United States and Britain demanded during a United Nations Security Council meeting on Friday that Russia release Ukrainian military pilot Nadezhda Savchenko, but Russia defended her detention as legal.

Pro-Russia forces captured Savchenko eight months ago and handed her over to Russia, where she is being held on charges of aiding the killing of two Russian journalists in east Ukraine.

Mar 6, 2015

U.N. council threatens action if chlorine used in attacks in Syria

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations Security Council condemned the use of chlorine as a weapon in Syria and threatened to take action if such arms are used again in the conflict, which is now in its fourth year, but didn’t lay blame for previous chlorine attacks.

The 15-member council adopted a resolution that “stresses that those individuals responsible for any use of chemicals as weapons, including chlorine or any other toxic chemical, must be held accountable.”

Mar 5, 2015

Exclusive: Bar South Sudan leaders from transition – inquiry draft

UNITED NATIONS/ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – A much-anticipated African Union inquiry calls for South Sudan’s president and his rival to be barred from a transitional government and for the oil-producing country to effectively be placed under AU control, say sources and a draft of the report.

The recommendations are directly at odds with a peace deal being negotiated that would retain Salva Kiir as president and appoint rebel leader Riek Machar as deputy. The two are holding talks this week in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on forming a unity government.

Mar 4, 2015

Libya asks UN for arms, jets, tanks to battle Islamic State – letter

UNITED NATIONS, March 4 (Reuters) – Libya has sought
permission from the United Nations to import 150 tanks, two
dozen fighter jets, seven attack helicopters, tens of thousands
of assault rifles and grenade launchers and millions of rounds
of ammunition from Ukraine, Serbia and Czech Republic.

In the written request to the U.N. Security Council
committee overseeing an arms embargo imposed upon the North
African state, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters on
Wednesday, Libya said it needs the massive shipment of weapons
and military equipment to take on Islamic State militants and
other extremists and to control its borders.

Mar 4, 2015

Islamic State will ‘stop at nothing’ to boost Libya presence: U.N.

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Islamic State militants will “stop at nothing” to strengthen their presence in Libya and the urgency of a request by the country for international help to tackle the extremists should not be underestimated, a top United Nations official said on Wednesday.

U.N. special envoy Bernadino Leon briefed the United Nations Security Council on the situation in Libya, where two rival governments and their armed forces are battling for control four years after the civil war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi.

Feb 27, 2015

China questions U.S. threat of U.N. sanctions on South Sudan

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – China on Friday questioned the logic behind a U.S. push to create a United Nations sanctions regime for South Sudan while warring parties there negotiate a power-sharing deal to end the conflict in the country, the world’s newest state.

The United States circulated a draft U.N. Security Council resolution on the measure to the 15-member body on Tuesday but stopped short of proposing an arms embargo or placing specific individuals on a blacklist.

Feb 27, 2015

Libya needs international maritime force to help stop illicit oil, weapons: U.N. experts

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Libyan authorities are unable to halt the illicit trade in oil or the flow of weapons in and out of the country, and they need an international maritime force to help, United Nations sanctions monitors said in a new report.

The confidential report by the U.N. Security Council’s Panel of Experts on Libya, first seen by Reuters on Thursday, will likely increase pressure on major world powers to consider intervention to stop the North African state from spinning further out of control.

Feb 26, 2015

North Korea shipping firm skirts sanctions by renaming ships: U.N. panel

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A U.N.-blacklisted North Korean shipping company has renamed most of its vessels in a bid to disguise their origin and continues its illicit shipments in violation of United Nations sanctions, according to a U.N. experts report seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

The U.N. Security Council’s Panel of Experts on North Korea, which monitors implementation of sanctions on Pyongyang, also said in the 76-page report that North Korea “continued to defy Security Council resolutions by persisting with its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.”

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