Libya is at a critical juncture
Libya – DRC - Remarks to the press by Mr. François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations - 19 April 2017
We are about to have this important briefing on Libya. It is important because we strongly believe that Libya is at a critical juncture with growing risks and opportunities at the same time.
Number one, in terms of risks, we are worried by the deterioration of the security, in the South of Libya in particular, with fighting between different armed groups over the last few days. These internal Libyan fighting only benefits to the terrorist groups. They must stop and all parties need to come back to dialogue.
Number two, on the political process, I will call for the Council to get united behind the United Nations in their role of mediation between all the parties in Libya and behind Prime Minister Sarraj who has our full support. We believe there are now the elements of a growing convergence taking shape within the Security Council, that’s an opportunity we must seize. And the UN has a key role in coordinating the on-going efforts of regional and international actors, that we want to promote.
So we need here at the Security Council to roll up our sleeves to help the Libyans get out of this political stalemate, under the auspices and guidance of the UN. We call for an increased and renewed commitment of the UN, because we think it can make a difference. And now is the time.
Q: How can it make a difference, what could the UN do that would really move things on the ground?
We should roll up our sleeves and collectively promote this increased and renewed commitment that we are calling for. First of all it is necessary because of the risks I was referring to, especially in the south of the country, which are a source of worries because they only feed terrorism. Number too, we think we have the opportunity to do so because of the growing convergence of some initiatives, regional and international, and it is up to the Security Council now to assume its responsibilities and to make sure that these initiatives converge. So we think we have both the obligation and the opportunity now to do so. Thirdly, the role and personal commitment of the Secretary-General is key. He can, we can all together make a difference. So now is the time.
Q: On DRC, the High Commissioner for Human Rights made a statement today saying that 17 mass graves were found. Do you have a reaction to that?
(...) The new horrors that we just discovered only reinforce our sense of urgency in terms of both making sure that the security conditions in the country are better respected, and also making sure that we fully, at 100% respect the December 31st agreement on the political equation leading to the elections in 2017. So it only reinforces our sense of priority along these two lines.