Defense Trade Regulations Amended to Update Policy on Libya
The State Department has issued a final rule that, effective Nov. 4, amends the International Traffic in Arms Regulations to update the policy regarding Libya to reflect the additional modifications to the United Nations Security Council arms embargo of Libya adopted in September 2011. These amendments added to the existing exceptions to the embargo the supply, sale or transfer of arms and related materiel, including technical assistance, intended solely for security or disarmament assistance to the Libyan authorities, as well as small arms, light weapons and related materiel for the sole use of UN personnel, representatives of the media, and humanitarian and development workers and associated personnel. License applications submitted pursuant to these exceptions are notified in advance to the committee of the Security Council concerning Libya and are eligible for approval in the absence of a negative decision by the committee within five working days of notification. State is now updating the ITAR to reflect these exceptions.