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On Libya Sanctions, 5 UN SC Members Fail to File Reports, P5 Threatens S5

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, May 10 -- When Libya sanctions were adopted by the UN Security Council, all 193 member states were given until June 26, 2011 to file reports on their implementation.

  Now more than ten months after the deadline, it seems that only 57 countries have filed reports. At least five current Security Council members are not listed among those who have filed reports: Azerbaijan, Guatemala, India, Morocco and Pakistan.

Resolution 1970 provided:

"25. Calls upon all Member States to report to the Committee within 120 days of the adoption of this resolution on the steps they have taken with a view to implementing effectively paragraphs 9, 10, 15 and 17 above [of resolution 1970 (2011)]."

And so all member states have been reminded:

"Accordingly, States that have not yet reported to the Committee on the steps they have taken with a view to implementing effectively the paragraphs cited above, which set out the arms embargo, the travel ban and the assets freeze, are reminded to do so no later than 26 June 2011."

 And still -- five Council members are not listed as filing. The Permanent Representative of one of the N or Non-compliant Five sheepishly told Inner City Press that reporting is not that important. Another said he would go and find out.

  Some wonder how the Security Council members can ask other states to follow its mandates if they themselves do not practice what they preach. Another said "as long as the Permanent Five members file, that's what's important."

   Outside the Council's session on Libya on Thursday afternoon, Inner City Press asked a number of non-filers who are not on the Security Council to explain themselves.

  The Permanent Representatives of a sample European nation, asking that he and it not be identified, said his country is waiting for greater Council transparency on sanctions before filing reports. The reform proposals of the so-called Small Five, which Inner City Press has covered, were cited among the reasons.

  Sanctions and due process are listed in Paragraph 9 of the Small Five's resolution's annex.

  Inner City Press' previous report, that the resolution will be put to a vote this month, appears to remain true. Sources say that the Permanent Five members of the Council have told the Small Five that if they go forward with the resolution, the P5 will still negotiating with them.

  A G4, meanwhile, loves this, and says it is "ready for the kill shot" once this happens. United for Consensus members shake their heads, bemoaning the Small Five's failure to take the time to get two-thirds support of member states, or to wait for a wider reform proposal. Watch this site.

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