16 September 2011 - Security Council - Libya- Statement by Mr. Gérard Araud, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations
I welcome the vote by the General Assembly this morning which confirmed, by an overwhelming majority, the reintegration of Libya within the United Nations family, which today welcomes the representatives of the new Libya. I would like to welcome Ambassador Dabbashi, whose personal valour is well known.
A historic step has been made to restore Libya to a normalized international status. It is one further step towards the establishment of a democratic Libya, with which France will be proud to associate. It is now up to the Security Council to play its part in contributing to this process, as it has already done in adopting resolutions 1970 (2011) and 1973 (2011). In that context, we have just adopted resolution 2009 (2011), which provides the Libyan people with the instruments necessary to build a better future. The Security Council has also demonstrated its commitment to supporting the legitimate expectations of the Libyan people.
The United Nations Support Mission in Libya will provide the Libyan people with all necessary assistance in order to prepare for elections, draft a constitution and build the institutions of a democratic and free State that respects human rights and the rule of law, as the representatives of the new Libya have pledged to do. It is also our responsibility to restore to the Libyan authorities the economic means for their activities. The gradual unfreezing of assets through a clear and well-organized mechanism will help the Libyan economy recover, thus promoting the reconstruction of the country.
But we must first and foremost congratulate the Libyan people. They have demonstrated magnificent courage and determination. In rising up against oppression, they have manifested their will to defend their right to live in dignity in a free and democratic country. As President of the French Republic Nicolas Sarkozy said yesterday in Tripoli and in Benghazi, we will continue to stand alongside the Libyan people who won peace, freedom and economic progress and, along with our European partners and the Council, we will give them our full support.
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