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08TRIPOLI650 LIBYA SEEKS TO PURCHASE 130,000 KALASHNIKOVS FOR UNKNOWN END-USERS CLASSIFIED BY: Chris Stevens, CDA, Embassy Tripoli, Department of State. REASON: 1.4 (b), (d) 1. (C) UK Embassy PolOff told P/E Chief on August 10 that HMG's Embassy in Tripoli had recently received a request from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to vet a request for a license to export to Libya a sizeable quantity of automatic rifles. UK company York Guns, acting as the intermediary between an unidentified Ukrainian arms manufacturer and procurement officials at Libya's Temporary People's Committee for Defense (MinDefense-equivalent), has requested an export license to deliver 130,000 Kalashnikov automatic rifles (NFI on model) to Libya in the fourth quarter of 2008. According to UK PolOff, it is not clear what the rifles would be used for; attempts to solicit further information from York Guns representatives and Government of Libya (GOL) officials have "raised more questions than they answered". 2. (C) He said the UK had received no answer as to whether the weapons would be used to equip Libyan military units, and in any event was skeptical that such would be the case given the quantity involved. (Note: Information available to the DATT suggest that Libya's armed forces comprise approximately 90,000 personnel, of which some 60,000 are in the ground forces. The London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies puts the total number of military personnel at 76,000. End note.) UK PolOff noted that the UK is concerned that the intention may be to re-export the weapons, particularly to armed rebel factions backed by Khartoum and/or Ndjamena in the Chad/Sudan conflict. He thought the license request would not be approved. 3. (SBU) In a similar case reported in open source media in April, Italian police arrested a number of Italian arms traffickers in February 2007 who were finalizing arrangements for the delivery of 500,000 Chinese-manufacture T-56 automatic rifles to Libya. The 500,000 represented the initial tranche of a deal that was to have included one million automatic rifles and 10 million rounds of ammunition. Media reports and Italian contacts indicated that Italian authorities concluded from their investigation that the weapons were to have been re-exported from Libya to Chad and Sudan. 4. (C) Comment: The fact that York Guns and GOL officials have been vague about the intended end-use of the 130,000 Kalashnikov rifles raises potentially troubling questions about the extent to which Libya is still involved in supplying military materiel to parties involved in the Chad/Sudan conflict. End comment. STEVENS 2008-08-18 2011-02-01 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tripoli
08TRIPOLI764 SCENESETTER FOR THE VISIT OF SE WILLIAMSON TO LIBYA 2008-10-02 2011-02-01 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Tripoli
09TRIPOLI100 UN SEEKS USG ASSISTANCE FOR LIBYAN DE-MINING PROGRAM 2009-02-04 2011-02-01 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tripoli
09TRIPOLI298 LIBYA PLANS AU MINISTERIAL APRIL 15-16 TO DISCUSS AU 2009-04-09 2011-01-31 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tripoli
09TRIPOLI362 MUSA KUSA SEEKS COOPERATION ON AFRICA, AL-QAEDA -- AND POTUS 2009-05-03 2011-01-31 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tripoli
09TRIPOLI363 SLA/U CAN NEGOTIATE ONLY WITH ASSURANCES THAT JEM AND KHARTOUM WILL ALSO LAY DOWN ARMS REF: A. TRIPOLI 249 B. KHARTOUM 583 C. DOHA 283 D. TRIPOLI 362 TRIPOLI 00000363 001.2 OF 002 CLASSIFIED BY: Gene A. Cretz, Ambassador. REASON: 1.4 (b), (d) 2009-05-03 2011-01-31 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tripoli
09TRIPOLI410 CHAD AMBASSADOR: LIBYA CAN DO NOTHING IF SUDAN UNWILLING TO 2009-05-20 2011-01-31 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tripoli
09TRIPOLI564 SE GRATION URGES LIBYA'S TREIKI TO ORGANIZE CONTACT GROUP IN KHARTOUM BY END OF JULY TRIPOLI 00000564 001.2 OF 002 CLASSIFIED BY: Gene A. Cretz, Ambassador. REASON: 1.4 (b), (d) 2009-07-13 2011-01-31 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tripoli
09TRIPOLI715 AU SUMMIT SERVES AS OPENING ACT FOR QADHAFI'S 40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION REF: TRIPOLI 570 TRIPOLI 00000715 001.2 OF 003 2009-09-08 2011-01-31 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tripoli
09TRIPOLI873 SE GRATION'S MEETING WITH ABDULLA SANUSSI ON REBEL UNIFICATION EFFORTS TRIPOLI 00000873 001.2 OF 002 2009-11-01 2011-01-31 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tripoli
09TRIPOLI874 2009-11-01 2011-01-31 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tripoli
10TRIPOLI62 DARFUR REBEL GROUP MERGER IN KUFRA: MORE FANFARE THAN Derived from: DSCG 05-1, B,D 2010-01-24 2011-01-31 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tripoli
10BERLIN194 BRITISH FOREIGN OFFICE DEFENCE CHIEF DISCUSSES 2010-02-19 2011-01-28 SECRET Embassy Berlin
08PARIS461 CHAD/SUDAN/EUFOR: FRENCH PRESIDENCY ON SARKOZY’S 2008-03-13 2010-12-17 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Paris
09STATE37566 S) REPORTING AND COLLECTION NEEDS: WEST AFRICA 2009-04-16 2010-11-28 SECRET//NOFORN Secretary of State
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