OFAC has designated another person deemed to be obstructing political progress in Libya and the transition to the Government of National Accord (see previous blog). Agila Saleh Issa, Libyan Speaker and President of the House of Representatives, is said to have repeatedly blocked votes needed to support Libya’s political transition and stalled the country’s political progress. In the US Treasury’s press release, Acting Director of OFAC John Smith stated that the US “will continue to support Libya’s Government of National Accord and its efforts to build a better and more stable future for the Libyan people”.
Meanwhile the UK House of Commons European Scrutiny Committee has cleared the EU’s decision in March to sanction 3 Libyans said to be opposing the GNA (see previous blog). Stating that the measures “come at a crucial time for Libya’s political development”, the Committee did not take issue with Minister David Lidington having overridden its scrutiny given the need for quick action. The Minister’s explanatory memorandum states that the UK fully supports these EU measures, that sanctions are in place “in order to effect changes in behaviour” and that “if the individuals concerned stand with the Libyan people in support of the GNA, instead of opposing and threatening the peace process, consideration could be given” to lifting them.
The Committee’s full report is here.