Libya: the Security Council calls for the unity of the country [fr]

Libya - Remarks to the press by Mr. François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United nations and President of the Security Council - 6 June 2016

(in French and in Englisg=h)

Nous avons eu des consultations très utiles, constructives et encourageantes [sur la situation en Libye] qui se sont tenues dans le meilleur esprit.
Avant de passer la parole à Martin Kobler, quelques mots de substance sur nos discussions :

-  D’abord, durant nos consultations, je crois qu’on peut dire qu’il y a eu une convergence des membres du Conseil autour de l’importance d’appuyer les efforts du Conseil présidentiel pour affirmer son autorité à travers le pays. Un appel donc à l’unité de la Libye, un appel à la construction d’un Etat digne de ce nom font partie des priorités appuyées par tous ;

-  Deuxièmement, il y a aussi clairement une inquiétude au Conseil concernant la situation sécuritaire et la menace terroriste en particulier, celle de Daesh notamment, qui impose à tous les Libyens d’unir leurs efforts et de se coordonner dans la lutte contre Daech, notre ennemi à tous. Là aussi donc, sur le plan de la sécurité, un appel à l’unité nécessaire de toutes les forces qui luttent contre le terrorisme.

-  Troisièmement, le renforcement de l’embargo sur les armes est perçu comme permettant d’éviter les risques de dissémination, à la fois en Libye même, d’armes qui pourraient tomber aux mains de Daech, et dans la région. C’est pourquoi nous travaillons activement, au moment où nous parlons, en vue d’élargir dans ce sens le mandat de l’opération européenne EUNAVFOR SOPHIA.

- Enfin, M. Kobler a fait un point sur les activités de la MANUL, que nous avons collectivement encouragé à se déployer de façon permanente à Tripoli, au plus près des Libyens.

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We had very useful, constructive and encouraging consultations that took place in a very positive spirit.

Before I give the floor to Martin Kobler, just a few words about the discussions we just had:

-  Number 1, I think it’s fair to say that there was a strong convergence and unity of the Council’s members around the importance of supporting the efforts of the Presidential council to establish its authority throughout the country. In other words, the need for unity of the country, the need to establish a state are clearly underscored by all the members of the Security Council.

-  Number 2, there is a shared concern among the members of the Council regarding the security situation and the terrorist threat, which compels all Libyans to unite and coordinate their efforts against the common enemy, Daesh. So this a second very important reason to unite the country, to build unity and a state.

-  Third, in this respect, the strengthening of the arms embargo is a key measure to avoid the risk of dissemination of weapons both in Libya and in the region. That is why we are working actively in the Council, as we speak, to enlarge the mandate of the European naval force EUNAVFOR Sophia.

-  Finally, Martin Kobler gave us an update of the activities of UNSMIL, that several members of the Council encouraged to redeploy permanently in Tripoli, closer to the Libyans.
I now give the floor to Martin Kobler to whom, on behalf of France and the whole Security Council, I would like to express again our full support.

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Q: A question for both of you, there is a lot of discussion about the unity of the Security Council but there is no secret that not all the members of the Council actually share the views of some of the people standing here, we know that Egypt for a long time had a different view on things, Russia has expressed skepticism, are you certain you can get the Security Council fully behind all of the ideas that you are bringing around and that could there be a vote on the resolution that was circulated by Britain this morning?

A: I can only confirm what Martin [Kobler] just told you, this is really “unity for unity”: unity in the Security Council for the unity of Libya, that’s what we are building day after day with some results. With respect to the resolution you were referring to, it has been circulated among the 15, so we are working hard as we speak to find an agreement on time, meaning if possible before the 20th of June, because then we will have the Foreign affairs Council of the European Union. So the best thing to do would be to have the resolution adopted before then, and to answer your question yes, the consultations among the 15 are going in a constructive way.

Dernière modification : 07/06/2016

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