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  • AIRCRAFT have been seen flying between Belarus and Libya, raising concerns that Ales Minsk is sending arms to Gaddafi. "An Ilyushin Il-76 (plane) flew to Libya on February 15 from Baranovichi, a huge former Soviet weapon storage (area) now controlled by the Belarus government," said Hugh Griffiths of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), quoting aviation authority sources.
  • A leading arms trade watchdog group suspects that Libya received a shipment of military equipment from Belarus, as forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi began a bloody crackdown on anti-government protesters. 

  • A leading arms trade watchdog suspects Libya received a shipment of military equipment from Belarus shortly before the UN imposed an arms embargo on the country.
  • STOCKHOLM -- An arms trade watchdog says it suspects Libya received a shipment of military equipment from Belarus as Moammar Gadhafi's regime started a bloody crackdown on anti-government protesters.

  • The United Nations secretary-general said a suspected shipment of helicopter gunships from Belarus to Ivory Coast would be a "serious violation" of an international arms embargo imposed on the West African nation, whose longtime ruler is clinging to power despite losing a presidential election. /.../ Weapons from Belarus "have a track record of ending up in places subject to U.N. arms embargoes," said Hugh Griffiths, an expert on illicit arms trafficking at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

  • Freiwillig seinen Posten räumen? Über diesen Vorschlag kann Libyens Despot Gaddafi im Interview nur kichern. Die Uno könne aber gern zu einem Kontrollbesuch ins Land kommen. Das Pentagon schickt unterdessen weitere Einheiten in die Region. Die Ereignisse des Tages im Minutenprotokoll. /.../ +++ Gaddafi könnte Waffen aus Weißrussland gekauft haben +++ [22.36 Uhr] Libyen hat zu Beginn der Unruhen nach Angaben des Stockholmer Instituts für Friedensforschung (Sipri) möglicherweise Rüstungsgüter aus Weißrussland erhalten. Mitte Februar sei auf dem libyschen Flughafen Sebha eine von einem weißrussischen Militärstützpunkt kommende Transportmaschine eingetroffen, teilte Sipri mit. Sebha sei für das Militär im Süden Libyens wichtig. Die Region werde von einem loyal zu Machthaber Gaddafi stehenden Stamm kontrolliert. Außerdem flog angeblich vergangene Woche zwei Mal eine Maschine der Regierung in Tripolis nach Weißrussland.
  • Des forces américaines ont été déployées autour de la Libye où le colonel Kadhafi ne cède pas d’un pouce face à l’opposition, affirmant que son peuple l’adore et envoyant la force aérienne bombarder des dépôts de munitions dans des zones sous le contrôle de la rébellion. FIN DE NOTRE DIRECT /.../ 16h37 – Trafic d’armes – Des vols soupçonnés d‘être liés à un trafic d’armes du Bélarus vers la Libye ont été repérés ces derniers jours, déclare à l’AFP un responsable d’un programme de surveillance du trafic d’armes de l’Institut international de recherche pour la paix de Stockholm (Sipri). “Le 15 février, un Iliouchine IL-76 a décollé de Baranovitchi, qui abrite un vaste dépôt d’armes au Bélarus, à destination de la Libye”, indique Hugh Griffiths.
  • Article on ethical procurement of air cargo services by EthicalCargo Training Manager, Jon Fowler, in the latest edition of Humanitarian Exchange (published February 2011 - pages 29-31).

  • Arms traffickers often skirt detection by operating in countries that have weak oversight and laws regulating weapons transactions. "These guys have been under the radar for years in the Balkans, Eastern Europe and other places that are major sources of guns that destabilize nations and prop up dictators," said Hugh Griffiths, an arms trafficking expert with the Stockholm International Peace Institute. "But to go after them legally, you need strong laws and enforcement, and the U.S. remains the best place to find that."