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EU arms embargo on the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Croatia)

In July 1991 the European Community and its member states decided to impose an arms embargo on the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. For a full record of the application of this embargo, please consult the database listing for the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

In September 1991 the United Nations Security Council decided to establish an arms embargo that applied to all of the territory of the former Yugoslavia in UNSC resolution 713.


In March 1998 a new Common Position (98/240/CFSP) was outlined according to which the embargo was extended so that not only conventional arms but also equipment "which might be used for internal repression or for terrorism" was embargoed.

In November 2000 a new Common Position (2000/722/CFSP) lifted the arms embargo on Croatia, for which licence applications would be assessed on a case-by-case basis according to the criteria contained in the EU Code of Conduct for Arms Exports.

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Embargo type: EU embargoes
Entry into force:
Lifted: 20 November 2000
Establishing document: EC declaration