WOULD YOU BUY A GUN FROM THIS LADY?
There appears to be a debate as to whether or not UN Resolution 1973 gives the Coalition/NATO etc., currently bombing Libya, the permission to supply arms to Libyan rebels.
The simple answer is “No”.
Below is paragraph 13 from the currently-in-force UN resolution 1973. This paragraph refers to UN Resolution 1970 (which is also still in force).
13. Decides that paragraph 11 of resolution 1970 (2011) shall be replaced by the following paragraph : “Calls upon all Member States, in particular States of the region, acting nationally or through regional organisations or arrangements, in order to ensure strict implementation of the arms embargo established by paragraphs 9 and 10 of resolution 1970 (2011), to inspect in their territory, including seaports and airports, and on the high seas, vessels and aircraft bound to or from the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, if the State concerned has information that provides reasonable grounds to believe that the cargo contains items the supply, sale, transfer or export of which is prohibited by paragraphs 9 or 10 of resolution 1970 (2011) as modified by this resolution, including the provision of armed mercenary personnel, calls upon all flag States of such vessels and aircraft to cooperate with such inspections and authorises Member States to use all measures commensurate to the specific circumstances to carry out such inspections”
Please click on the link below. UN Resolution 1970 will open in a separate window. Paragraph 9 is on Page 3.
This is Paragraph 9 of Resolution 1970:
9. Decides that all Member States shall immediately take the necessary measures to prevent the direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer to the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, from or through their territories or by their nationals, or using their flag vessels or aircraft, of arms and related materiel of all types, including weapons and ammunition, military vehicles and equipment, paramilitary equipment, and spare parts for the aforementioned, and technical assistance, training, financial or other assistance, related to military activities or the provision, maintenance or use of any arms and related materiel, including the provision of armed mercenary personnel whether or not originating in their territories, and decides further that this measure shall not apply to:
(a) Supplies of non-lethal military equipment intended solely for humanitarian or protective use, and related technical assistance or training, as approved in advance by the Committee established pursuant to paragraph 24 below
(b) Protective clothing, including flak jackets and military helmets, temporarily exported to the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya by United Nations personnel, representatives of the media and humanitarian and development works and associated personnel, for their personal use only; or
(c) Other sales or supply of arms and related materiel, or provision of assistance or personnel, as approved in advance by the Committee
There is NO ambiguity in the above Section 9.
If UN Resolution 1973 needs to be “interpreted” or if there is any ambiguity, there should be a new resolution. If the USA, United Kingdom and France wish to donate or sell arms to Libyan civilians, they should seek explicit permission .
There have been well-known instances of UN resolutions being “interpreted” by politicians.
The last time this happened, hundreds of thousands of civilians perished in Iraq.
Meanwhile,whether Obama, Cameron and the rest like it or not, Libya continues to be the subject of an arms embargo.