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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
08TRIPOLI680 SCENESETTER FOR SECRETARY RICE’S VISIT TO 2008-08-29 2011-02-01 SECRET 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
08TRIPOLI868 U.K. DENIES LICENSE FOR EXPORT OF KALASHNIKOVS TO LIBYA; GOL POTENTIALLY SEEKING ALTERNATIVE SELLERS REF: A) TRIPOLI 650, B) STATE 95271 CLASSIFIED BY: Chris Stevens, CDA, Embassy Tripoli, U.S. Dept of State. REASON: 1.4 (b), (d) 1. (C) U.K. Embassy PolOff told P/E Chief on October 30 that HMG had decided not/not to approve a license for U.K. company York Guns to export to Libya 130,000 Kashnikov automatic rifles. Per ref A, York Guns was to have acted as intermediary between an unidentified Ukrainian party and procurement officials at Libya's Temporary People's Committee for Defense (MOD-equivalent). Based on the intervention reported ref B and on concerns expressed by the U.K.'s Embassy in Tripoli that the Government of Libya (GOL) might have intended to re-export the weapons to either the governments or armed rebel factions in Chad and Sudan, the U.K.'s Foreign and Commonwealth Office recommended about one month ago against approving the export license. After conducting a review of the case, Whitehall concurred on October 30 with the decision to not/not approve the export license. 2. (C) Separately, Muhammad el-Obeidi, a Libyan businessman with ties to some quarters of Muammar al-Qadhafi's regime, told P/E Chief on October 23 that he had signed a contract with a Romanian company (NFI) for the export from Romania to Libya of 100,000 AK-47S automatic rifles. (Note: El-Obeidi's older brother was Libya's Minister of Defense from 1954-1969; his nephew is a former Prime Minister and the current MFA Secretary (U/S-equivalent) for European Affairs. End note.) El-Obeidi signed the contract in late September in Paris during a business trip there. El-Obeidi said he had been tapped to help facilitate procurement for the Jafl al-Khamis ("Khamis Brigade"), a special forces unit headed by Khamis al-Qadhafi, son of Muammar al-Qadhafi. He said Captain Ahmed Ben Shraga'a, head of procurement for the unit, has instructions to work through el-Obeidi on a number of "special procurement issues". El-Obeidi was open about the contract, but avoided the question as to whether the rifles were to be used in Libya or re-exported to another destination. STEVENS 2008-11-06 2011-02-01 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tripoli
08TRIPOLI889 TRIBAL VIOLENCE IN KUFRA 2008-11-16 2011-02-01 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tripoli
09TRIPOLI134 AL-QADHAFI'S AFRICAN UNION: OBSTACLES TO SUCCESS, 2009-02-11 2011-02-01 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tripoli
09CAIRO746 ADMIRAL MULLEN’S MEETING WITH EGIS CHIEF SOLIMAN 2009-04-30 2011-02-01 SECRET//NOFORN Embassy Cairo
08TRIPOLI14 QADHAFI TELLS MUBARAK HE "MAY" SEEK TO ATTEND UNSC IN NEW YORK TRIPOLI 00000014 001.2 OF 002 CLASSIFIED BY: John T. Godfrey, A/DCM, Embassy Tripoli, Dept of State. REASON: 1.4 (b), (d) 2008-01-10 2011-01-31 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tripoli
08STATE3728 A/S WELCH'S JANUARY 3 MEETING WITH LIBYAN FM 2008-01-11 2011-01-31 SECRET Secretary of State
09TRIPOLI243 JEM REPRESENTATIVE DISOUNTS TRIPOLI REBEL UNITY AGREEMENT 2009-03-19 2011-01-31 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tripoli
09TRIPOLI249 SLA UNITY SKEPTICAL ON DOHA, SEE UNIFICATION AS INCREASE OF MILITARY STRENGTH REF: A. KHARTOUM 372 B. DOHA 200 C. TRIPOLI 109 TRIPOLI 00000249 001.2 OF 002 CLASSIFIED BY: Gene Cretz, Ambassador. REASON: 1.4 (b), (d) 2009-03-25 2011-01-31 CONFIDENTIAL//NOFORN Embassy Tripoli
09TRIPOLI254 DEMARCHE DELIVERED: ARAB LEAGUE SUMMIT 2009-03-26 2011-01-31 UNCLASSIFIED 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
09TRIPOLI650 LIBYA HOSTING SEPARATE HIGH-LEVEL MEETINGS FOR JEM, SLA/U 2009-08-11 2011-01-31 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY 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
09TRIPOLI875 DEMARCHE DELIVERED: SUDAN STRATEGY ROLLOUT REF: STATE 109669 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
04CAIRO8456 EGYPT: ABOUL GHEIT ON IRAQ, MEPP WITH A/S BURNS 2004-11-18 2011-01-31 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Cairo
10CAIRO165 Sudan: NCP Cairo Head Evaluates U.S. and Egyptian Roles 2010-02-04 2011-01-28 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Cairo
10CAIRO169 Sudan: Launch of the Nuba Mountains People's Forum 2010-02-08 2011-01-28 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Cairo
04THEHAGUE1717 DUTCH/EU: FM BOT ON IRAQ, CHINA, ASEM, SUDAN, AND 2004-07-09 2011-01-25 SECRET Embassy The Hague
08THEHAGUE625 NETHERLANDS/AFRICA: DUTCH VIEWS ON SUDAN, 2008-07-24 2011-01-17 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy The Hague
10USUNNEWYORK88 AMB RICE'S MEETING WITH BRAZILIAN PERMREP 2010-02-16 2011-01-15 CONFIDENTIAL USUN New York
09USUNNEWYORK306 C) ICC’S OCAMPO ON SUDAN: GO AFTER BASHIR’S MONEY 2009-03-24 2010-12-18 CONFIDENTIAL USUN New York
08PARIS461 CHAD/SUDAN/EUFOR: FRENCH PRESIDENCY ON SARKOZY’S 2008-03-13 2010-12-17 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Paris
08KHARTOUM1354 CHINA COUNSELS SUDANESE ENGAGEMENT, U.S. RESTRAINT 2008-09-04 2010-12-17 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Khartoum
08USUNNEWYORK1130 ICC’S OCAMPO: BASHIR ARREST WARRANT IN JANUARY OR 2008-12-03 2010-12-17 CONFIDENTIAL USUN New York
08KHARTOUM1768 JSR ADADA DISCUSSES CEASEFIRE, IMPORTANCE OF 2008-12-11 2010-12-17 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Khartoum
09KAMPALA551 UGANDA/DRC: OPERATION RUDIA II UPDATE (JUNE 1, 2009-06-01 2010-12-17 SECRET Embassy Kampala
09KAMPALA679 UGANDA/DRC: OPERATION RUDIA II UPDATE (JUNE 29, 2009-06-29 2010-12-17 SECRET//NOFORN Embassy Kampala
10BRASILIA5 Brazil: Foreign Policy as an Emerging Campaign Issue 2010-01-08 2010-12-17 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Brasilia
09CAIRO722 SCENESETTER FOR AMBASSADOR ROSS' VISIT TO EGYPT 2009-04-28 2010-12-13 SECRET//NOFORN Embassy Cairo
10CAIRO257 DASD Kahl Meeting with Egyptian Military Officials 2010-02-28 2010-12-13 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Cairo
08NAIROBI2290 WHITHER M/V FAINA'S TANKS? 2008-10-02 2010-12-09 SECRET//NOFORN Embassy Nairobi
09KHARTOUM881 GOK/GOSS AGREE ON TIMETABLE FOR SECOND TANK 2009-07-29 2010-12-08 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Khartoum
09NAIROBI2497 Kenya responds to Sudan tank demarche 2009-12-16 2010-12-08 SECRET//NOFORN Embassy Nairobi
07KAMPALA1449 UGANDA: A/S FRAZER DISCUSSES LRA, CONGO, AND 2007-09-14 2010-12-07 SECRET Embassy Kampala
09KHARTOUM249 SUDAN COMPLAINS OF “PROBABLY AMERICAN” BOMBING 2009-02-24 2010-12-06 SECRET//NOFORN Embassy Khartoum
09LONDON339 AFRICA: U.S. VERSUS UK PRIORITIES, LONDON THINK 2009-02-06 2010-12-02 CONFIDENTIAL//NOFORN Embassy London
08CAIRO1637 CODEL KERRY MEETING WITH PRESIDENT MUBARAK 2008-07-31 2010-11-28 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Cairo
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