UPDATE 1-EXCLUSIVE-Gaddafi dodges fuel sanctions via Tunisia

Wed Apr 20, 2011 6:06pm GMT

* Fuel sent to Libya after ship-to-ship transfer-document

* Little-known firm Champlink acting as broker into Libya

* 120,000T of fuel shipped to Tunisia in April so far

(Adds U.N. diplomats, details; paragraphs 2, 15-18)

By Jessica Donati and Emma Farge

LONDON, April 20 (Reuters) - Muammar Gaddafi's government is circumventing international sanctions to import gasoline to western Libya by using intermediaries who transfer the fuel between ships in Tunisia.

U.N. diplomats in New York said they suspected Gaddafi's attempts to import gasoline might consistute a violation of U.N. Security Council sanctions banning any transactions with Libya's state-owned National Oil Corp (NOC).

One intermediary company, Hong Kong-based Champlink, previously unknown to the oil trading community, has sought a transaction for fuel delivery into Libya, and European oil traders said they had been approached by other such firms.   Continued...

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