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Developments in 2013

In February 2013 the EU decided to renew the restrictive measures against Syria for a further three months, amending them so as to provide greater non-lethal support and technical assistance for the protection of civilians.

In February 2013 the EU arms embargo on Zimbabwe was extended for a one-year period.

In March 2013 the UN introduced a new partial arms embargo on the Somalian Government while maintaining the embargo on arms supplies to non-state actors in the country.

In April 2013 the UN arms embargo on Côte d'Ivoire was extended for one year.

In April 2013 the EU lifted all sanctions against Burma, except for the arms embargo, which was extended for one year.

From June 2013 most parts of the EU arms embargo on Syria were lifted.

In August 2013 EU member states agreed to suspend licences for export to Egypt of any equipment which might be used for internal repression.

In December 2013 the UN imposed a new partial arms embargo, which prohibited the supply of arms to no-state actors and allowed the supply of arms to CAR security forces if approved in advance by the relevant UN sanctions committee.