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The Security Council Extends the Mandate of the Group of Experts and Introduces a New Standard of Sanctions

The Security Council decided to extend the mandate of the Group of Experts to 15 February 2020, introducing a new standard of sanctions in Libya.

At a meeting on Monday, the Security Council included sexual violence and gender-based violence in the list of sanctions in Libya.

The Security Council renewed its strong commitment to Libya’s sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity, and national unity; and expressed its determination to support the Government of Reconciliation as the only legitimate government in Libya.

The Security Council pointed out that the Council of Representatives adopted in principle the political agreement in December 2016, stressing that the political agreement is the only viable framework for ending the Libyan political crisis and that its implementation remains crucial for holding elections and completing the political transition process.

The Security Council resolution 2441 affirmed that the Al-Wefaq government is primarily responsible for taking appropriate measures to prevent the illicit export of oil, stressing that the Al-Wefaq Government should, as a matter of urgency, effectively control the National Oil Corporation, the Central Bank of Libya and the Libyan Investment Corporation, without prejudice to future constitutional arrangements. Pursuant to the political agreement.

The Council decided that the situation in Libya continued to constitute a threat to international peace and security, calling upon the States to fully support the UN Envoy Ghassan Salama and that the Libyan authorities and UNMIK should prepare a coordinated set of measures to build the capacity of the Government of Reconciliation.

The Council stressed that ensuring security and repelling terrorism from Libya must be an undertaking of unified and strengthened national security forces that are exclusively under the authority of the Government of Al-Wefaq within the framework of the political agreement.

The resolution confirmed that it was permissible for the Government of Al-Wefaq to submit requests for the supply and transferring weaponry equipment used by its forces to combat ISIS, calling on the Committee to consider these requests expeditiously and stressing its readiness to consider reviewing the provisions of the arms embargo.

It reiterated its determination that the frozen assets would be made available to the Libyan people and its interests at a later stage and was ready to consider making changes, if necessary, to the assets freeze measures at the request of the Government of Al-Wefaq.

The Security Council set out the tasks of the commission and experts team, which is to provide necessary expertise on sexual and gender-based violence, requesting that it be provided with an interim report on its work by June 2019 and a final report containing its conclusions and recommendations in December 2019.

The Security Council urged all relevant States to cooperate fully with the Committee and the Group of Experts by providing any information available on the implementation of the measures while calling upon all States to ensure the safety of the members of the Panel.

The Security Council resolution concluded that it was ready to review the appropriateness, possible strengthening, modification, suspension or lifting of the measures contained therein, as well as its readiness to review the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Libya and the Group of Experts as needed at any time in the light of developments in Libya.

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