13 December 2016 - Libya: Message of continued support to UNSMIL [fr]
Libya - Explanation of vote by Mr. François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations - Security Council - 13 December 2016
France welcomes the unanimous adoption of resolution 2323 (2016), regardless of nuanced positions. The vote illustrates the unity of the Security Council in support of the United Nations process. I warmly thank the British penholder for his efforts in ensuring the adoption of the resolution, which extends the mandate of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya until September next year. The decision to extend the mandate by nine months sends a message of continued support to the Mission. Reviewing the mandate will be possible if need be during the year, and a strategic review should be conducted quickly.
The resolution reiterates its support for the full implementation of the Libyan Political Agreement. It encourages the Government of National Accord to make further progress, and in particular to build on progress that has already been made to establish a presidential guard. It expresses the Council’s full support to the Vienna communiqué and provides useful clarifications on the Mission’s mandate, which should all be welcomed. The extension of the mandate is also an opportunity to reiterate our full support to Prime Minister Fayez Serraj and his Government.
In conclusion, I would like to reiterate France’s full support to United Nations efforts on this issue.