BERLIN / INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON LIBYA

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UN chief António Guterres said participants in today’s international conference on Libya in Berlin sent a strong signal that they are fully committed to supporting a peaceful resolution to the crisis in the country and stressed the summit’s conclusion that “there is no military solution to the conflict in Libya.” UNIFEED / PRESS AND INFORMATION OFFICE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF GERMANY

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STORY: BERLIN / INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON LIBYA
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SOURCE: PRESS AND INFORMATION OFFICE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF GERMANY
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DATELINE: 19 JANUARY 2020, BERLIN, GERMANY

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19 JANUARY 2020, BERLIN, GERMANY

1. Pan right, UN Secretary-General António Guterres arriving to conference
2. Med shot, German Chancellor Angela Merkel greeting Guterres
3. Wide shot, Russian President Vladimir Putin being greeted by Merkel and Guterres
4. Wide shot, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan being greeted by Merkel and Guterres
5. Pan right, officials gather for family photo
6. Wide shot, family photo
7. Pan right, family photo
8. Med shot, Merkel and Guterres at conference
9. Wide shot, conference room
10. Close up, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at conference
11. Wide shot, Merkel and Guterres at conference
12. Med shot, Erdoğan at conference
13. Wide shot, conference room
14. Pan right, German and UN officials arriving for press conference
15. Wide shot, German and UN officials being seated at dais
16. Wide shot, Guterres speaking to reporters
17. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I cannot stress enough the Summit’s conclusion that there is no military solution to the conflict in Libya. All participants have mentioned it several times during the meeting, even those that are directly involved in the conflict itself. And today, all participants committed to refrain from interference in the armed conflict or internal affairs of Libya. This is part of the conclusions and of course this must be adhered to, as well as the call to silence the guns with the termination of all military hostilities.”
18. Wide shot, Guterres speaking to reporters
19. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Until now, we had an escalation of the Libyan conflict with some foreign interference. Now, we were facing the risk of a true regional escalation and that risk was averted in Berlin provided of course that it is possible to maintain the truce and then to move into a ceasefire. But that escalation that was taking place and was becoming extremely dangerous, today there is a strong commitment to stop it. And this, I think, is a very important result of the Berlin Conference.”
20. Med shot, journalist asking question
21. Wide shot, Guterres speaking to reporters
22. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
(starts under cutaway) “I think we are witnessing something that is totally unacceptable. It's a constant violation of international law. It’s Security Council resolutions that are not being respected. And as you know this is taking place in the recent past in Libya. So, I am totally convinced that the members of the Security Council need to assume their responsibilities for the body itself to be taken seriously in the context of the Libyan conflict.”
23. Wide shot, German and UN officials leaving press conference
24. Close up, photo recording German and UN officials leaving press conference

STORYLINE:

UN chief António Guterres said participants in today’s international conference on Libya in Berlin sent a strong signal that they are fully committed to supporting a peaceful resolution to the crisis in the country and stressed the summit’s conclusion that “there is no military solution to the conflict in Libya.”

Speaking to reporters today (19 Jan) following the summit in the German capital, Guterres said all participants, “even those that are directly involved in the conflict itself,” agreed that there was no military solution in Libya and committed to “refrain from interference in the armed conflict or internal affairs of Libya.” He added that this “must be adhered to, as well as the call to silence the guns with the termination of all military hostilities.”

The UN chief urged all participants and the international community to abide by their commitment to unequivocally and fully respect and implement the UN Security Council arms embargo. He said there were three tracks that we defined, adding that the economic track was fully moving forward. He said following the Berlin conference, the UN was in a position to convene the military committee in the next few days. Guterres added that there was also good progress on the political track.

The Secretary-General hoped that the commitments made today would create the conditions for a lasting solution to the Libyan crisis, adding that it is our collective responsibility to seize this opportunity and to ensure these commitments become a reality.

Responding to questions from reporters, Guterres said, for months, we have witnessed the progressive escalation of the conflict, but this escalation had reached dangerous dimension in the last few days. He added, “Until now, we had an escalation of the Libyan conflict with some foreign interference. Now, we were facing the risk of a true regional escalation and that risk was averted in Berlin provided of course that it is possible to maintain the truce and then to move into a ceasefire. But that escalation that was taking place and was becoming extremely dangerous, today there is a strong commitment to stop it. And this, I think, is a very important result of the Berlin Conference.”

Asked why the Berlin communiqué was necessary given that there was already a Security Council resolution imposing an arms embargo in Libya, Guterres said, “I think we are witnessing something that is totally unacceptable. It's a constant violation of international law. It’s Security Council resolutions that are not being respected. And as you know this is taking place in the recent past in Libya. So, I am totally convinced that the members of the Security Council need to assume their responsibilities for the body itself to be taken seriously in the context of the Libyan conflict.”
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