Security Council Committee Concerning Libya Adds the Name of a Vessel to its Sanctions List

On 21 July 2017, the Committee approved the addition of the entry specified below to its List of individuals and entities subject to the assets freeze, travel ban and other measures relating to attempts to illicitly export petroleum, including crude oil and refined petroleum products, from Libya (the Libya Sanctions List), set out in paragraphs 15 and/or 17 of Security Council resolution 1970 (2011) and/or paragraph 19 of resolution 1973 (2011), or paragraph 10 of resolution 2146 (2014) as extended and modified by paragraph 2 of resolution 2362 (2017), adopted under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations:

B. Entities and other groups

LYe.004 Name: CAPRICORN

A.k.a.: na F.k.a.: na Address: na Listed on: 21 Jul. 2017 Other information: IMO: 8900878. Listed pursuant to paragraphs 10(a) and 10 (b) of resolution 2146 (2014), as extended and modified by paragraph 2 of resolution 2362 (2017) (prohibition to load, transport or discharge; prohibition to enter ports). Pursuant to paragraph 11 of resolution 2146, this designation is valid from 21 July to 21 October 2017, unless terminated earlier by the Committee pursuant to paragraph 12 of resolution 2146. Flag State: Tanzania. As of 16 July 2017, the vessel was located off shore Cyprus.

The Committee has made accessible on its website the narrative summary of reasons for listing of the above entry, at the following URL: www.un.org/sc/suborg/en/sanctions/1970/materials/summaries-0.

The updated List is accessible on the Committee’s website at the following URL: www.un.org/sc/suborg/en/sanctions/1970/materials.

The Consolidated United Nations Security Council Sanctions List is also updated following all changes made to the Libya Sanctions List. An updated version of the Consolidated List is accessible via the following URL:
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Closing the Libyan migration route is an increasingly important European interest

Closing the Libyan migration route is an increasingly important European interest

According the Prime Minster’s Chief Security Advisor, György Bakondi, Libya’s security and the closure of the Libyan migration route is increasingly becoming an outstanding European interest in view of the fact that huge numbers of people who are not political refugees have set out for Europe from Sub-Saharan Africa and many more are waiting in preparation.

Speaking on Hungarian M1 television’s Sunday afternoon current affairs program, Mr. Bakondi said: “Economic migrants are setting out for Europe in the hope of a better life, and believe that If they succeed in crossing the Mediterranean, ‘usually with the help of NGOs and people smugglers’, then they can settle in Europe, but the Hungarian Government does not agree”.

“This mass of people must be ‘intercepted’ in Libya, on the Mediterranean, or at Libya’s southern border”, he said, adding that this is why several countries, including Hungary, have already put forward proposals at European Union level for the establishment of a European army, in view of the fact that the security issues that need solving, such as peacekeeping and border closure, require military action, not police action.

Mr. Bakondi repeated the Government’s standpoint according to which the assessment of who is entitled to asylum status should be performed in so-called hotspots established outside the borders of the European Union, and only those should be allowed to enter the EU “who do not represent a danger to national security”.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary.

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Troika and EU Joint Statement on South Sudan

The members of the Troika (Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States) and the European Union condemn the continuing violence in South Sudan, especially the Government of South Sudan’s current offensive against SPLM-In Opposition (SPLM-IO) forces near Pagak, as well as ongoing road ambushes and attacks by the SPLM-IO. The Pagak offensive is a clear violation of the unilateral ceasefire declared by President Salva Kiir on May 22, and calls into question the government’s commitment to reach peace through the National Dialogue, notwithstanding the sincere efforts undertaken by the leaders of the Steering Committee.

The Troika and EU repeat and endorse the June 12 call by the leaders of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) for President Kiir to ensure that his forces respect the unilateral ceasefire, for the armed opposition groups to reciprocate the ceasefire, and for all groups to allow the unfettered delivery of humanitarian assistance to all those in need. We also welcome IGAD’s announcement of a High-Level Revitalization Forum for the South Sudan peace process. We call upon IGAD to expeditiously convene the Forum, and to include the current principal parties to the conflict. Likewise, we urge all parties to fully participate in the Forum. The Troika and EU agree with IGAD that the Forum should focus on achieving a ceasefire and resuming political dialogue that focuses on updating the agreement’s timelines and other provisions that are now obsolete in light of the expansion of conflict since 2015.

The proliferation of violence, displacement, and food insecurity renders any discussion of elections in the foreseeable future as an unnecessary diversion from the primary goals of achieving peace and reconciliation. South Sudan’s leaders, neighbors, and regional and international partners must first focus on achieving peace in order to create the conditions needed to hold credible elections. To achieve these urgent goals, we look forward to the prompt revitalization of an inclusive and credible peace process by IGAD; such progress would be required in order for the Troika and EU to commit further resources to institutions designed to implement the agreement.

Distributed by APO on behalf of U.S. Department of State.

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CAR : Security Council Press Statement on Attack against MINUSCA

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the attack on a Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) convoy in Bangassou (Mbomou) on 23 July 2017 by anti-Balaka elements, which resulted in one Moroccan peacekeeper killed and three injured.

The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest condolences and sympathy to the family of the peacekeeper killed, and their deepest sympathy to the family of the peacekeepers injured, as well as to Morocco, and to MINUSCA. They wished the injured a speedy recovery.

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms all attacks and provocations against MINUSCA by armed groups.

They reiterated that attacks against peacekeepers may constitute war crimes and reminded all parties of their obligations under international humanitarian law. The members of the Security Council called on the Government of the Central African Republic to swiftly investigate this attack and bring the perpetrators to justice.

The members of the Security Council reiterated their full support for MINUSCA and expressed their deep appreciation to MINUSCA’s troop- and police-contributing countries.

They reiterated their strong support for the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Central African Republic, Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, and for MINUSCA to assist the Central African Republic authorities and the people of the Central African Republic in their efforts to bring lasting peace and stability to their country, as mandated by the Security Council in resolution 2301 (2016).

Distributed by APO on behalf of United Nations – Security Council.

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