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The Security Council unanimously passed on Thursday a resolution that renewed the authorization for member states to inspect vessels on the high seas off the coast of Libya that they have reasonable grounds to suspect are being used for migrant smuggling or human trafficking. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 03 OCTOBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE – RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

03 OCTOBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, Security Council voting
3.SOUNDBITE (English) Jonathan Allen, United Kingdom Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations:
“This Council condemns all acts of migrant smuggling and human trafficking in Libya and off the coast of Libya. The United Kingdom is clear that there can be no military solution in Libya, the only way to bring stability to the country is through ceasefire and negotiated political settlement, remain steadfast and as a support to the Special Representative Ghassan Salamé and his leadership of the political process.”
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Vladimir Safronkov, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations:
“I would like to stress that Russia has always had a constructive approach to any European efforts to counter illegal immigration. However, the long-term solution to this is not lying in further sanctions but rather a holistic approach. The real reason for mass migration must be found, first for most, in the conflicts and the very dire economic situation, which were sponsored by the illegal military intervention and the internal affairs of Libya in contravention to Resolution of the Security Council which has led to inhuman suffering of many millions of people.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Jürgen Schulz, Deputy Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations:
“EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia is in this regard one key contribution of the EU to the stability of Libya. The Operation contributes to the achievements of two objectives, first to enforce the arms embargo, second to combat human trafficking. Only recently the mandate EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia has been extended until the end of March 2020. And in this respect, we would like to reiterate that the suspension of the operation's naval assets is temporary, and even in the absence of those assets, the mission is operational and making an important contribution in assisting Libya.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council

STORYLINE:

The Security Council unanimously passed on Thursday (3 Oct) a resolution that renewed the authorization for member states to inspect vessels on the high seas off the coast of Libya that they have reasonable grounds to suspect are being used for migrant smuggling or human trafficking.

Addressing the Security Council as the penholder of the resolution, British Ambassador Jonathan Allen said “this Council condemns all acts of migrant smuggling and human trafficking in Libya and off the coast of Libya.”

Allen added, “The United Kingdom is clear that there can be no military solution in Libya, the only way to bring stability to the country is through ceasefire and negotiated political settlement, remain steadfast and as a support to the Special Representative Ghassan Salamé and his leadership of the political process.”

Russian Ambassador Vladimir Safronkov stressed that Russia has always had “a constructive approach to any European efforts to counter illegal immigration. However, the long-term solution to this is not lying in further sanctions but rather a holistic approach.”

He added, “the real reason for mass migration must be found, first for most, in the conflicts and the very dire economic situation, which were sponsored by the illegal military intervention and the internal affairs of Libya in contravention to Resolution of the Security Council which has led to inhuman suffering of many millions of people.”

German Ambassador Jürgen Schulz said, “EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia is in this regard one key contribution of the EU to the stability of Libya.”

Schulz explained, “the Operation contributes to the achievements of two objectives, first to enforce the arms embargo, second to combat human trafficking.”

He also said,“Only recently the mandate EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia has been extended until the end of March 2020. And in this respect, we would like to reiterate that the suspension of the operation's naval assets is temporary, and even in the absence of those assets, the mission is operational and making an important contribution in assisting Libya.”
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