Libya - suspect flights

According to Hugh Griffiths, a prominent expert on the weapons trade, a flurry of planes was flying between the two countries just as the international community was preparing an arms embargo against Gaddafi. The embargo, finally imposed on Sunday by the U.N. Security Council, may have come too late to make a difference. According to Griffiths, several shipments from Belarus look to have slipped into Libya, most likely carrying arms. "So by the time [the U.N. sanctions] were put in place, the horse had already bolted," says Griffiths, who works for the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, an independent think tank that works closely with the U.N.

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 plane landed at Sebha airport in the Libyan desert on 15 February just before the UN imposed an arms embargo, says Sipri.

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. 

Svenske fredsforskere tror Hviterussland kan være en mulig destinasjon for Muammar Gaddafis innerste krets, etter at den libyske lederens privatfly er observert i landet.

Et libysk regjeringsfly har minst to ganger den siste uken tatt av fra Tripoli til Hviterussland, ifølge det svenske fredsforskningsinstituttet Sipri.

ONGs que chegaram ao leste da Líbia afirmam que "situação é muito grave", diz diplomata da União Europeia. Equipamentos médicos, remédios e alimentos estariam ficando escassos no país. /.../

Enquanto isso, é possível que Kadafi e sua família estejam preparando sua fuga para Belarus. Indícios neste sentido foram divulgados pelo Instituto de Pesquisas da Paz (Sipri, do inglês), de Estocolmo, que detectou pelo menos dois voos do jato particular de Kadafi entre Trípoli e um aeroporto de Belarus nos últimos sete dias.

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. 

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.

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