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Arms Export Regulations Amended to Reflect Embargo Against Central African Republic

Monday, April 21, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The State Department has issued a final rule that, effective April 17, amends the International Traffic in Arms Regulations to reflect the arms embargo imposed by the United Nations Security Council against the Central African Republic.

Under this rule, it is the policy of the U.S. to deny licenses or other approvals for exports or imports of defense articles and defense services destined for or originating in the Central African Republic, except that a license or other approval may be issued on a case-by-case basis for the following.

- defense articles intended solely for the support of or use by the International Support Mission to the Central African Republic; the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the Central African Republic and its guard unit, the African Union Regional Task Force; and the French forces and European Union operation deployed in the Central African Republic

- non-lethal military equipment, and related technical assistance and training, when intended solely for humanitarian and protective use, as approved in advance by the Committee of the Security Council concerning the Central African Republic

- personal protective gear temporarily exported to the Central African Republic by UN personnel, representatives of the media, and humanitarian and developmental workers and associated personnel, for their personal use only

- small arms and related equipment intended solely for use in international patrols providing security in the Sangha River Tri-national Protected Area to defend against poaching, smuggling of ivory and arms, and other activities contrary to the laws of the Central African Republic or its international legal obligations

- arms and related lethal military equipment for Central African Republic security forces, intended solely for support of or use in security sector reform, as approved in advance by the Committee of the Security Council concerning the Central African Republic

- other sales or supply of arms and related materiel, or provision of assistance or personnel, as approved in advance by the Committee of the Security Council concerning the Central African Republic

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