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Al Arabiya obtains first copy of Russian U.N. draft on arms smuggling from Libya

Al Arabiya was able to obtain a draft resolution, scheduled to be discussed by the U.N. Security Council on Friday, about the illegal trade of arms in Libya.

The draft aims to stop the illegal trade of weapons and missiles stolen from slain Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi’s arsenal and how they were sold in Tunisia and Egypt.

The U.N. fears these weapons might fall in the hands of al-Qaeda in North Africa and the Palestinian armed groups through Egypt. The international body is worried where these weapons will end up and how they will be used.

The draft resolution, as obtained by Al Arabiya:

The Security Council,

1. Recalling its previous resolutions 1373 (2001), 1526 (2004), 1970 (2011), 1973 (2011), 1989 (2011) and 2009 (2011),

2. Reaffirming its strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national unity of Libya,

3. Expressing concern at proliferation of arms, in particular man-portable surface-to-air missiles, in the region and its potential impact on regional and international peace and security,

4. Recognizing the urgent need for additional effective measures to be taken in order to guarantee that previous obligations of Libya in relation to arms control and disarmament are fulfilled, and stressing the primary responsibility of Libyan national authorities in this regard,

5. Stressing the importance of taking appropriate measures in this respect, including consolidated efforts of regional and international actors,

6. Recognizing that terrorism constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security,

7. Emphasizing that proliferation of arms in the region as well as illegal supply of weapons could fuel terrorist activities,

8. Recalling that, pursuant to paragraph 10 of resolution 1970 (2011), Member States are obligated to prohibit the procurement of all arms and related materiel from Libya by their nationals, or using their flagged vessels or aircraft, and whether or not originating in the territory of Libya,

9. Reiterating the obligation of member states to cooperate in order to prevent movement of terrorist groups, proliferation of arms in support of terrorist activities inter alia through effective border control,

10. Mindful of its primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security,

11. Acting under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations,
1. Urges the Transitional National Council and its successors to undertake all necessary steps to prevent the proliferation of man-portable surface-to-air missiles and to ensure their proper custody;

2. Calls upon all international and regional actors including UN specialized agencies to provide necessary assistance to the TNC and its successors in order to achieve this goal;

2.bis Urges all of Libya’s neighbors to work with the UN and TNC as they assess the challenge of weapons proliferation and border security and consider appropriate responses.

3. Requests CTC assisted by CTED, through cooperation with the Committee established pursuant to resolution 1970 (2011) and its Panel of Experts, working with other relevant UN specialized agencies including ICAO, and in consultations with regional actors, to assess the terrorist threats and challenges posed by proliferation of arms from Libya, in particular man-portable surface-to-air missiles, in the region and to report to the Council on the possible proposals to counter this threat including measures to strengthen border control, to enhance transport security and to prevent direct or indirect illegal supply, sale or transfer of arms and related materials including weapons;

4. Encourages the Global Counter-Terrorist Forum to focus its attention on illegal proliferation of arms as a factor significantly increasing terrorist threat especially in the region and to provide effective practical recommendations addressing this issue;

5. Requests the Secretary-General to report to the Security Council in 30 days on the implementation of this resolution;

6. Decides to remain seized of the matter.