There is no military solution to the crisis in Libya
Remarks to the press by Mr. François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations
5 April 2019
Just a few words about the situation in Libya.
As we stated yesterday in a joint statement with the United Arab Emirates, the United States, Italy and the United Kingdom, France is extremely concerned about the ongoing fights near Tripoli. We call on all the parties to urgently cease the current escalation, which can only take the country back into chaos.
We will now have an exchange with SRSG Salamé on the situation on Libya. We fully support the SG and Ghassan Salamé’s efforts and those of the United Nations more broadly to put an end to the current deadlock and to initiate a strong political momentum. We therefore call on all Libyan actors to work constructively with the UN and to participate in the national conference planned for April 14-16. This conference should be an important milestone in the political process, which is the only way out of the crisis.
And we must say time and again that there is no military solution to the crisis in Libya. I’m sure it will be our common position during the consultations of the Security Council that we are about to have.