Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that Canada has lifted the unilateral economic sanctions it imposed on Libya on February 27, 2011, now that the Gaddafi regime no longer holds power. The Government of Canada is repealing these economic sanctions in support of the Libyan people and the new governing authorities.
“Canada is taking this first step to remove our unilateral sanctions that were put in place against the Gaddafi Regime in order to assist the Libyan people transition justly, safely and securely towards a democracy,” said Prime Minister Harper. “We will continue to work with our international partners and allies to help ensure support for the people of Libya as they chart their own democratic course.“
The sanctions being lifted today restricted Canadian individuals and entities from any dealings with the Libyan government, as well as its institutions and agencies. These sanctions were passed under the Special Economic Measures Act and were in addition to the sanctions imposed by the United Nations in Security Council Resolutions 1970 and 1973. The sanctions imposed by the UN remain in effect until they are lifted by the United Nations Security Council.
Canada recognizes the NTC as the legitimate representatives of the Libyan people until such time as they elect a new government.