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Members of the Security Council condemned in “the strongest terms the outrageous, deadly and totally inacceptable” car bomb attack on Saturday (10 Aug) in front of a shopping mall in Bengazhi, Libya, which left three UN staff members dead, and three others injured among dozens of civilians also wounded. Council members stood a minute of silence in remembrance of the victims. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 10 AUGUST 2019, NEW YORK CITY

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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

10 AUGUST 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Various shots, Security Council minute of silence
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Joanna Wronecka, Permanent Representative of Poland to the United Nations and president of the Security Council for the month of August:
“On behalf of the members of the Security Council I should like to condemn in the strongest terms the outrageous, deadly and totally inacceptable attack on United Nations that occurred place today in Benghazi, Libya.
4. Med shot, delegates
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Joanna Wronecka, Permanent Representative of Poland to the United Nations and president of the Security Council for the month of August:
“The members of the Security Council convey their deepest condolences to the families of the victims. Those brave workers were operating under a mandate given by this Council in order to provide a more secure future for the people of Libya.”
6. Med shot, delegates
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Bintou Keita, Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations, United Nations:
“This horrific attack came at a time when people in Benghazi were preparing for the Eid al-Adha holiday, in an area supposedly under full security control of General Haftar’s Libyan National Army forces. It serves to highlight the continued danger of terrorism across the country, and the limits of effective security control in the absence of one government and one military and police force working across the country. It also confirms that this latest bout of hostilities is creating a vacuum easily exploited by radical elements that strive on chaos and violence.”
8. Med shot, delegates
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Bintou Keita, Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations, United Nations:
“The UN does not intend to evacuate from Libya. For the foreseeable future our place remains alongside the Libyan people, like our brave colleagues who gave their lives today.”
Med shot, delegates
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Bintou Keita, Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations, United Nations:
“There are other significant developments today in Libya. It is a positive development that both Prime Minister Serraj and the General Haftar’s Libyan National Army forces have agreed to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General’s 29 July call for a truce for the period of Eid al Adha to begin this evening. I can only hope that both sides will genuinely abide, in good faith, to their public commitment. Senseless and absurd violence needs to stop.”
11. Med shot, delegates
SOUNDBITE (English) Bintou Keita, Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations, United Nations:
“Ms. Sergewa was abducted from her home in Benghazi on 17 July and has not been heard from since. This unacceptable attack on a female lawmaker constitutes a serious crime against women and the prospect for women playing a role in political life in Libya. We are grateful to those member states that have continued to follow the case closely and reiterate our demand that authorities in Benghazi assume their responsibility and find those responsible for this cowardly abduction of a female parliamentarian in front of her family.”
12. Med shot, delegates
13. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Elmahdi S. Elmajerbi, Chargé d’affaires, Permanent Mission of Libya to the UN:
“This cowardly attack today in Benghazi comes after the abduction of a member of Parliament Ms. Siham Sergawa two weeks ago, whose fate is yet to be known. All this refutes the claims that the so-called Libyan army has eradicated terrorism in Benghazi and is currently ending it in other places to cleanse Libya from terrorist groups. The truth is what is happening is the total opposite. The aggression on Tripoli and its outskirts is a genuine disaster. This aggression led to grave human and financial losses. It has displaced more than 100,000 citizens, it has caused tremendous damage in our infrastructure leading to power and water outages. It has exacerbated the humanitarian suffering of our citizens.”
Med shot, delegates
14. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Elmahdi S. Elmajerbi, Chargé d’affaires, Permanent Mission of Libya to the UN:
“We reaffirm that there can be no military solution to the crisis in Libya. Peaceful political dialogue among the Libyans who believe in a civil State is the only way to achieve security and stability in the country.”
15. Wide shot, zoom out Security Council

STORYLINE:

Members of the Security Council condemned in “the strongest terms the outrageous, deadly and totally inacceptable” car bomb attack on Saturday (10 Aug) in front of a shopping mall in Bengazhi, Libya, which left three UN staff members dead, and three others injured among dozens of civilians also wounded. Council members stood a minute of silence in remembrance of the victims.

On behalf of the 15-member body, the UN Ambassador for Poland, which currently holds the Presidency of the Council for the month of August, Joanna Wroneka, conveyed the Members’ deepest condolences to the families of the victims. She said, “Those brave workers were operating under a mandate given by this Council in order to provide a more secure future, for the people of Libya.”

Speaking at the Council’s emergency meeting, Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Bintou Keita said the “horrific” attack came at a time when people in Benghazi were preparing for the Eid al-Adha holiday, in an area supposedly under full security control of General Haftar’s Libyan National Army forces. She said, “It serves to highlight the continued danger of terrorism across the country, and the limits of effective security control in the absence of one government and one military and police force working across the country. It also confirms that this latest bout of hostilities is creating a vacuum easily exploited by radical elements that strive on chaos and violence.”

Keita added, “The UN does not intend to evacuate from Libya. For the foreseeable future our place remains alongside the Libyan people, like our brave colleagues who gave their lives today.”

She also pointed some significant developments in Libya. She said, “It is a positive development that both Prime Minister Serraj and the General Haftar’s Libyan National Army forces have agreed to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General’s 29 July call for a truce for the period of Eid al Adha to begin this evening. I can only hope that both sides will genuinely abide, in good faith, to their public commitment.”

Keita stressed, “Senseless and absurd violence needs to stop.”

The UN mission in Libya (UNSMIL) had worked hard in the days leading to the truce. She noted that it is essential that the truce is deepened and strengthened through those important confidence-building measures and that the parties move quickly forward to an international meeting to re-commit to a roadmap to transition the country from conflict back to the peaceful, democratic process.

Keita also rose an issue that the Special Representative and many member states have been following closely: the fate of lawmaker Siham Sergawa, who was abducted from her home in Benghazi on 17 July.

She said, “This unacceptable attack on a female lawmaker constitutes a serious crime against women and the prospect for women playing a role in political life in Libya.” Keita added, “We are grateful to those member states that have continued to follow the case closely and reiterate our demand that authorities in Benghazi assume their responsibility and find those responsible for this cowardly abduction of a female parliamentarian in front of her family.”

Also speaking to the Council, Libyan representative Elmahdi S. Elmajerbi said, “This cowardly attack today in Benghazi comes after the abduction of a member of Parliament Ms. Siham Sergawa two weeks ago, whose fate is yet to be known. All this refutes the claims that the so-called Libyan army has eradicated terrorism in Benghazi and is currently ending it in other places to cleanse Libya from terrorist groups.”

He stressed, “The truth is what is happening is the total opposite. The aggression on Tripoli and its outskirts is a genuine disaster. This aggression led to grave human and financial losses. It has displaced more than 100,000 citizens, it has caused tremendous damage in our infrastructure leading to power and water outages. It has exacerbated the humanitarian suffering of our citizens.”

Elmajerbi told the Council, “We reaffirm that there can be no military solution to the crisis in Libya. Peaceful political dialogue among the Libyans who believe in a civil State is the only way to achieve security and stability in the country.”

According to a statement from the UN Special Representative for Libya, Ghassan Salame, the staff members who died and were injured served with the UN Support Mission in the country, UNSMIL, which he heads. Scores of civilians were also injured by the explosion.

In a statement issued also today, Secretary-General António Guterres condemned the attack and called the Libyan authorities to spare no effort in identifying and swiftly bringing to justice the perpetrators of the attack. He also called on all parties to respect the humanitarian truce during Eid al Adha and return to the negotiating table to pursue the peaceful future the people of Libya deserve.
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