Supplementary Memorandum submitted by
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office
SANCTIONS ON LIBYA/BRITISH AEROSPACE
1. UN Security Council resolutions (SCRs)
748 (1992) and 883 (1993) impose a range of sanctions on Libya.
Security Council resolution 1192, adopted 27 August 1998, allows
for these measures to be suspended after the Secretary General
has reported to the Council that the two Lockerbie accused have
been delivered for trial in the Netherlands. The UK has been,
and remains, a strong supporter of the sanctions regime against
Libya. There can be no question of lifting sanctions until Libya
complies fully with the relevant UN resolutions.
2. During August of this year, the media
reported that British Aerospace had been in "secret negotiations"
with Libya for a possible sale of aircraft to that country in
the event of sanctions being lifted. The supply of aircraft is
currently prohibited under SCR 748. BAe's discussion also covered
the supply of equipment to Libyan airfields. Such supply is currently
prohibited by SCR 883, though exceptions are made for emergency
equipment and equipment and services directly related to civilian
air traffic control. The Security Council resolutions do not deal
with the question of discussion about post sanctions trade with
Libya. Following discussions with British Aerospace, the Government
is satisfied that the company's activities in no way undermine
UK commitment to sanctions against Libya.
19 October 1998