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Libya: adoption of resolution 2146 (2014)

Published Wednesday March 19 2014

The Security Council adopted unanimously on 19 March a resolution condemning attempts to illicitly export crude oil from Libya and imposing sanctions on vessels involved in such efforts.

The resolution requests that Libya inform the Security Council committee overseeing the arms embargo, travel ban and assets freeze imposed on the country by resolution 1970 – known as the ‘1970 committee’ – of any vessels transporting crude oil illicitly exported from Libya. It also decides that the 1970 committee would designate those vessels to be subjected to sanctions.

The new resolution authorizes Member States to inspect on the high seas vessels designated by the 1970 committee, and to direct the vessel to take action to return the crude oil to Libya. Members states are, however, requested to first seek consent of the vessel’s flag state before proceeding to inspection.