Libya: UN Security Council steps up sanctions

Against those impeding transition; arms embargo strengthened

27 August, 17:37

    (ANSAmed) - NEW YORK, AUGUST 27 - The UN Security Council unanimously decided to bolster sanctions in Libya. The resolution, the first adopted by the UN since March 19 despite rising violence in the country, provides for harsher sanctions against those hindering or jeopardizing the political transition in Libya. Resolution 2174, modeled on a similar resolution adopted for Yemen and co-sponsored by Italy, strengthens the arms embargo in place, stipulating that arms, munitions, and replacement parts headed for Libya must receive prior approval from the Sanctions Committee. The Security Council vote came against a backdrop of another request made to the UN for it to complete its mission and support efforts to restore peace and security in the country. ''We will ask the Council to help us restore order'' as ''Libya is still under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter,'' Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdulaziz told Saudi daily Okaz. (ANSAmed).

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