French initiative aims at supporting the UN mediation in Libya
Libya – Burundi – DRC: Remarks to the press by Mr. François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations - 26 July 2017
At our request, I will present in a few minutes, after the Burundi consultations, the results of the meeting held yesterday in La Celle Saint-Cloud nearby Paris on the Libyan crisis. As you know, President Macron invited President Sarraj and General Hafter, as well as Ghassane Salamé, the new SRSG, for an important meeting in Paris. This initiative taken by the French President is an important and concrete contribution towards a political solution in Libya, which remains the only possible solution to solve the Libyan crisis.
This initiative, and this is a very important point, aims at supporting the UN mediation and the new SRSG, Ghassane Salamé, whom we know well and who was present in Paris. So the UN is and will remain front and center in the process. It is all the logic of the Paris meeting.
As you know also, a joint declaration was agreed and signed by Prime Minister Sarraj and General Hafter at the end of this meeting with President Macron and Ghassan Salamé. This statement includes several joint commitments, including on the Skhirat agreement, on the national reconciliation process, on a ceasefire and on a roadmap that includes many issues related to security, institutions and fight against terrorism. So it is a comprehensive statement adopted yesterday.
We believe it’s important for the Security Council to get briefed on this important initiative so that we can continue to build on this momentum, under the auspices of SRSG Salamé and, of course, in full cooperation with all our partners at the Security Council.
Finally this meeting didn’t come out of blue. It was also set in the context of several international and regional initiatives, which helped build the process.
Q: Do you expect the Security Council to support the outcome of the Paris Celle Saint-Cloud meeting?
I think it is important that the Security Council welcome the meeting held in Paris.
Sure, Italy, as well as the UK and many others are key players in Libya and we are in constant and close consultation with them, and with Italy in particular, on this.
On Burundi, we are about to have important consultations in a new context, with President Kanfando now in charge as UN Spécial Envoy. We feel that there might be an opportunity based on the recent appointment of President Kanfando and his trip in the region -and this is the key objective of this meeting, to have President Kanfando brief us about his trip -, based also on the renewed efforts by the Eastern African Community (EAC) and President M’Kapa. So the Security Council needs in the current context to renew its support to the mediation of EAC, Mr M’Kapa, and to the work done by President Kanfando.
Once again, I will make the point that the Arusha agreement is more than ever our common compass and the cornerstone of peace and stability in Burundi. I believe there is a strong agreement about it, which is very important.
At the same time, as you know, we are very worried about the humanitarian situation in the country. This is why it’s important that we hear from the briefers about their latest assessment on the situation and that the Council remains really mobilized on Burundi.
Yes we are working on an expression of the Security Council to bring the full weight and the full support of the Security Council to Presidents M’Kapa and Kanfando’s efforts.
On DRC, the PRST we are about to adopt is very important. Six months after the December 31st agreement, this is a text in which the Security Council puts unanimously its full weight behind the full implementation of the 31st December agreement. This is a timely and very important expression of the Security Council.