UN authorizes return of illegal Libyan oil exports

The U.N. Security Council has condemned the illicit export of crude oil from Libya.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council has condemned the illicit export of crude oil from Libya, authorizing the inspection of suspect cargo and the return of illegally seized oil to the Libyan government.

The council unanimously adopted a resolution authorizing the ship inspections three days after U.S. Navy SEAL commandos seized a tanker off Cyprus containing Libyan oil that a militia controlling the country's oil terminals was trying to export in defiance of the central government.

The resolution authorizes government-operated ships to inspect vessels suspected of carrying illegal oil that have been reported to the Security Council committee monitoring sanctions against Libya, "and direct the vessel to take appropriate actions to return the crude oil ... to Libya."

Militia commander Ibrahim Jedran has denounced the U.S. seizure of the tanker.

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