Libya: the UN has a key role to play to move forward
Libya - Remarks to the press by Mr. François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations - 2 June 2017
Just a word, because I have to run, on Libya.
So number one, we are very worried about the situation on the ground, and worried more specifically about the military escalation in Libya and the worsening of the situation in the country. You had the events in the southern part of the country, in the South of Libya, then the fighting in Sebha, Joufra, Tripoli, all this is very worrying. And of course we have called for calm and support to dialogue. Number one.
Number two, against this backdrop, we consider that it’s more important than ever for the Council to remind everybody, every player, that there is no military solution in Libya. And obviously, some players continue to believe there might be a military solution, and they need to be convinced that it is not the case. So we need to send a clear message as the Security Council to all parties in Libya in this sense. It’s more urgent than ever to move forward, for the same reason, on the political process and to support Prime Minister Sarraj’s efforts to implement the Libyan Political Agreement. In other words to make a link between the worrying situation on the ground and the need for the Security Council to be even more vocal, united, mobilized to promote a political process.
Number three, there are efforts in this regard that we appreciate, notably from regional players to support the political process. This is a positive trend that needs to be encouraged, that needs to continue.
So my message here is about mobilization and acceleration. We need to accelerate on this, give a new momentum to the political process. For that, we think that the UN has a key role to play in terms of coordination of the on-going efforts of both regional and international players that we want to promote. And that’s along these lines that we want to move ahead and we think that there can be an opportunity to move ahead.