The UN Security Council has by unanimous vote decided to take action against those who are prolonging instability in Libya by calling on parties to agree a ceasefire and condemning the use of violence.  It has drawn attention to the fact that travel bans and asset freezes are still in place against a list of designated Libyan citizens.  People who are involved in conspiring to encourage the fighting in Libya are warned that they may be added to this list.  The sanctions are aimed at "individuals and entities determined by the Committee to be engaging in or providing support for other acts that threaten the peace, stability or security of Libya, or obstruct or undermine the successful completion of its political transition."  Such acts include attacks by air, land or sea as well as providing support for groups looking to exploit natural resources in Libya.

At this stage no decision has been taken on who should be listed although it is likely that senior commanders of militias may find themselves facing bans and asset freezes.  It is possible that external players involved in backing the competing militias could also be targeted.

The resolution further supports the United Nations Support Mission in Libya's call for an immediate ceasefire encouraging parties to engage in a Libyan-led political dialogue rather than armed confrontation.  It also heightens the arms embargo already in place and calls on the international community and states neighbouring Libya to inspect cargoes to ensure that they do not obtain any embargoed items.  Ibrahim Omar Dabbashi, Libya’s Permanent Representative commented that the adoption of the resolution was “a very positive step and sent a very clear message" and called on the international community to assist the Libyan Government and the House of Representatives in fighting terrorism and armed groups, and restoring peace and stability to the country.