Japan announced Wednesday it will lift sanctions against Libya that were imposed in line with 1992 and 1993 U.N. Security Council resolutions following the 1998 Pan Am jetliner bombing.
“We will terminate . . . the measures in light of the recent situation surrounding Libya,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Mikio Aoki said at a news conference.
The decision formalizes Japan’s earlier move to lift the sanctions provisionally. Japan took the interim measure in response to the Security Council’s suspension in April 1999 of economic and air embargoes after Libya’s handover of two suspects. in the bombing.
The sanctions will be officially lifted in mid-May upon completion of necessary procedures at the Finance Ministry and the International Trade and Industry Ministry, a Foreign Ministry official said.
The Japanese sanctions include limiting diplomatic representations and exchanges, restricting remittances to Libya, and suspending exports and trade.
But the U.N. suspension of the embargoes prompted Japan to lift the diplomatic sanctions and permit remittances, exports and trade if applications are made.
Japan only lifted its sanctions provisionally at that time because it still needed to be able to respond swiftly if the Security Council decided to resume measures against Libya.