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Briefing the Security Council via video teleconference, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya, Ghassan Salamé, said the situation in the country “has reached a crucial juncture,” as it aims “to pivot to stability and a political compact which will enable an end to the crisis.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 20 MARCH 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

20 MARCH 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, Libya Ambassador
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Ghassan Salamé, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya:
“It is no exaggeration to say that the situation in Libya has reached a crucial juncture. We are working to prevent recent developments and tensions on the ground from escalating, and instead to pivot to stability and a political compact which will enable an end to the crisis in the country.”
5. Wide shot, Council with Salamé on screen
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Ghassan Salamé, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya:
“In the East, the fighting in Derna came to an end. I am deeply concerned by reports of human rights and humanitarian law violations during the recent military operations in Derna. The fighting reportedly resulted in many civilian casualties. In the West of the country, local forces have mobilized in response to the current tensions. So far, such local mobilizations appear to be shows of force and no party appears imminently ready to launch an attack against any other.”
7. Wide shot, delegates
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Ghassan Salamé, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya:
“The two leaders met in Abu Dhabi and agreed to a number of important principles: Libya shall be a civilian and democratically governed state that enjoys full civilian control of the military, and a peaceful
transition of power. The parties also agreed on the need to unify Libya s long-divided institutions and for the scheduling of national elections before the end of the year.”
9. Wide shot, Council with Salamé on screen
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Ghassan Salamé, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya:
“The days ahead will prove foundational to the years ahead for Libyans and the region at large. I call on Libyans to come together and to avoid acts of obstruction and incitement. There has been a notable uptick in the weaponization of media platforms as tools of incitement. This is tearing at Libya's fragile but vital social fabric and could well be used to instigate violence.”
11. Wide shot, Council with Salamé on screen
12. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Elmahdi S. Elmajerbi, Permanent Representative of Libya to the United Nations:
“We would call upon the Security Council and the international community to cast aside their differences to take advantage of the current circumstances in Libya in order to support Mr. Ghassan Salamé’s efforts as Special Representative of the Secretary-General and other stakeholders in organizing an inclusive national conference to arrive an agreement that will end in intra-Libyan discourse and to establish peace throughout the country.”
13. Wide shot, Council

STORYLINE:

Briefing the Security Council via video teleconference, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya, Ghassan Salamé, today (20 Mar) said the situation in the country “has reached a crucial juncture,” as it aims “to pivot to stability and a political compact which will enable an end to the crisis in the country.”

The Special Representative described the latest security incidents in Libya, including in Murzuq where at least 18 residents of Murzuq were
killed and a further 29 injured.

In the East, of the Country, he said, “the fighting in Derna came to an end,” but expressed concern over “reports of human rights and humanitarian law violations during the recent military operations.”

The fighting, he said “reportedly resulted in many civilian casualties.” In the West of the country, meanwhile, “local forces have mobilized in response to the current tensions.”

On the political front, Salamé told the Council that the National Conference will be held from 14 to 16 April inside Libya, adding that the Conference represents a critical opportunity to end the country’s eight-year long transitional period.

He said that Prime Minister Fayez Mustafa al-Sarraj and General Khalifa Belqasim Haftar met in Abu Dhabi and agreed that “Libya shall be a civilian and democratically governed state that enjoys full civilian control of the military, and a peaceful transition of power” as well as to “the need to unify Libya s long-divided institutions and for the scheduling of national elections before the end of the year.”

Salamé said, “the days ahead will prove foundational to the years ahead for Libyans and the region at large” and called on Libyans “to come together and to avoid acts of obstruction and incitement,” noting that “there has been a notable uptick in the weaponization of media platforms as tools of incitement.”

For his part, Libya’s Ambassador Elmahdi S. Elmajerbi called upon the Security Council and the international community “to cast aside their differences to take advantage of the current circumstances in Libya in order to support Mr. Ghassan Salamé’s efforts as Special Representative of the Secretary-General and other stakeholders in organizing an inclusive national conference to arrive an agreement that will end in intra-Libyan discourse and to establish peace throughout the country.”
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