The Security Council supports Lebanon in face of threat by spread of jihadism [fr]

Remarks to the press by Mr François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations, as President of the Security Council - 17 March 2015 - Lebanon

F. Delattre Stakeout Liban - PNG

(In French and in English)

Bonjour à tous,

Nous sortons de consultations très approfondies, mais aussi très constructives, très consensuelles sur la situation au Liban.
Nous avons entendu les présentations de Mme Sigrid Kaag, la Coordinatrice spéciale du Secrétaire général des Nations unies, ainsi que d’Edmont Mulet, le Sous-secrétaire général adjoint aux Opérations de maintien de la paix qui ont rendu compte donc de la situation au Liban et de la mise en œuvre de la résolution 1701.

Les membres du Conseil de sécurité ont exprimé leur volonté unanime de continuer à soutenir le Liban face aux différentes sources de fragilité qui pèsent sur ce pays, parmi lesquelles la menace que représente l’extension au Liban du fléau djihadiste.

Nous avons réitéré le soutien que nous apportions à l’action déterminante de la FINUL pour prévenir les incidents au Sud Liban et nous avons renouvelé notre appel aux parties pour qu’elles fassent preuve de retenue.

Nous avons souligné l’importance que nous attachions à ce que le Liban puisse se doter d’un Président de la République dans les meilleurs délais afin que le pays soit en mesure de répondre aux défis sécuritaires, économiques et sociaux.

C’est donc dans cet esprit, et encore une fois un excellent état d’esprit autour de la table qui m’a personnellement frappé, que j’ai, dans ma capacité nationale, au titre de la France, proposé au cours de ces consultations que le Conseil de sécurité adopte rapidement une déclaration présidentielle qui traiterait de l’ensemble des volets de la situation au Liban. Cette proposition a recueilli le soutien de principe unanime autour de la table de l’ensemble des délégations.

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One word in English.

We had excellent, in-depth, unanimous consultations on Lebanon and heard a briefing by UNSG Special Coordinator, Sigrid Kaag, and Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Edmont Mulet, who both reported on the situation in Lebanon and the implementation of resolution 1701.

We expressed, we the members of the Security Council, our unanimous willingness to continue to support Lebanon given the growing challenges it faces, including the threat that represents the spread of the jihadi scourge in Lebanon.

We reiterated the support we bring to the decisive action of UNIFIL to prevent incidents in Southern Lebanon and renewed our call to the parties to exercise restraint.

We stressed, we the members of the Security Council, the importance we attach for Lebanon to be able to elect a President of the Republic as soon as possible in order for the country to meet its security, economic and social challenges.

That’s why, in my national capacity and as penholder, I proposed that the Security Council adopts swiftly a presidential statement that will address all aspects of the situation in Lebanon. This proposal was supported by all delegations.

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[Q&A]

Q: The Secretary-General said in his recent report on Undof Golan that armed individuals or maybe groups are moving between the Syrian and the Lebanese border. Did you hear anything about that from Mrs Kaag? And would this put also more pressure on Unifil in Lebanon, should Unifil take into consideration, what can Unifil do about that?

We heard a very in-depth briefing by Sigrid Kaag and I will leave it to her to come back on specific points if she so wishes. What I can tell you at this stage is that we had very good and constructive consultations, touching basically on all aspects of the security, political situation in Lebanon. The Presidential statement we have in mind, and that we are proposing to our colleagues and friends within the Security Council, will be a comprehensive one concerning all aspects of the situation in Lebanon. So I hope it will be useful in this respect too.

Q: How solid is the consensus of the Security Council members regarding preserving the stability in Lebanon? And why all the calls from the Security Council in the past have not been able to convince the Lebanese political leaders to elect a President?

Since we are in the US, I will rephrase your question and think positively. In other words, if we demonstrate a strong unity of the Security Council, and that was the case during these consultations, then we will be – and we are – better equipped to convince all the parties of the political spectrum in Lebanon to act together for the good of the country. That is our hope today after these consultations to be able to have a strong hand to convince all parties in Lebanon to act accordingly. And that is also why our Presidential statement is important.

Q: What about the peacekeeper that was killed?

Regarding the death of a Spanish peacekeeper in January, to the best of my knowledge, this investigation, which is UN-led, is ongoing. I invite you to double check with the office of the spokesperson of the Secretary-General. It is of course important. Thank you.

Dernière modification : 18/03/2015

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