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Developments in 2006

On 23 January 2006 the EU Council adopted Common Position 2006/29/CFSP, lifting the embargo on Bosnia and Herzogovina. The embargo was originally imposed by the then EC against Yugoslavia and retained against the successor states of Yugoslavia. The embargo against Bosnia and Herzegovina was the last part of the original embargo to be lifted.

On 11 August 2006 the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1701, establishing an embargo on arms exports to non-Government groups in Lebanon (excluding UN forces in Lebanon). The embargo is mainly targetted at restricting the flow of arms to Hezbollah forces based in southern Lebanon. The embargo is part of a set of measures to help the Lebanese Government regain full sovereignty over all its territory after the Israeli attacks on Hezbollah in southern Lebanon in July and August 2006. Disarming Hezbollah and establishing Lebanese Government control over former Hezbollah-controlled areas is an Israeli condition for a full military withdrawal from Lebanon. The EU copied the UN embargo on 15 September 2006 as EU Council Common Position 2006/625/CFSP.

On 14 October 2006 the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1718, establishing a partial embargo on arms exports to and imports from North Korea. The embargo was a reaction on the North Korean nuclear test on 9 October 2006. The embargo prohibits states to directly or indirectly supply, or help to supply, North Korea with major conventional weapons as defined by the UN Register of Conventional Weapons - battle tanks, armoured combat vehicles, large calibre artillery, combat aircraft, attack helicopters, warships, and missiles and missile launchers - as well as ballistic missiles and spare parts, technical training, advice, services or assistance related to the provision, manufacture, maintenance or use of the embargoed weapons. The embargo is less comprehensive than other UN embargoes, which generally cover all weapons and other equipment delivered for use by armed forces and other armed groups. However, the embargo also prohibits states to procure major conventional weapons and ballistic missiles or materiels and technology related to such weapons from North Korea. Again, this differs from other UN embargoes which generally only cover deliveries to the embargoed state or group, not deliveries from them.