UN / GUTERRES LIBYA

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Following behind-closed-doors consultations with the Security Council on Libya, Secretary-General António Guterres said the international conference on Libya in Berlin, was “a major step," but cautioned that it was “just the beginning” and said there is “still a long way to go.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 21 JANUARY 2020, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

21 JANUARY 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. Zoom in, Secretary-General approaching reporters
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“This is a major step. It was for the first time possible to sit around the table all those countries that have a direct or indirect influence in relation to the conflict and to commit them to non-interference, to commit them to support the ceasefire, to commit them to the arms embargo, to commit them to support the political process, no violations of international humanitarian law or human rights law, to commit them to support the reform of the economic and security institutions of the countries, of course, extremely important. But this is just the beginning.”

FILE - NEW YORK CITY

4. Close up, reporter taking notes

21 JANUARY 2020, NEW YORK CITY

5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“There’s still a long way to go. We have a truce. The truce is having some violations but not widespread violations. They are localized until now. We need to move to a ceasefire and from the ceasefire we need to move to a real political process. And we are not yet there, and so, this meeting of the Security Council is very important and the pressure of the international community over the parties to the conflict, and those who have an influence on them, to make sure that this roadmap is implemented, that we have a truce transformed into a ceasefire, and a true political process, the pressure of the international community is essential. The role of the Security Council is essential. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“It’s important to know is that the heads of state and government or representatives of the five permanent members of the Security Council were in Berlin. They subscribed to the Berlin Communiqué, and the Berlin Communiqué is very strong in what regards for instance the arms embargo, that until now has been violated in forms that are totally unacceptable. So, I think there is a reason to hope that conditions for a stronger consensus in the Security Council about Libya to be created.”
6. Zoom out, Guterres walks away

STORYLINE:

Following behind-closed-doors consultations with the Security Council on Libya, Secretary-General António Guterres today (6 Jan) said the international conference on Libya in Berlin, was “a major step," but cautioned that it was “just the beginning” and said there is “still a long way to go.”

Guterres pointed out that even though the two parties to the conflict were not part of the Berlin Conference, “it was for the first time possible to sit around the table all those countries that have a direct or indirect influence in relation to the conflict and to commit them to non-interference, to commit them to support the ceasefire, to commit them to the arms embargo, to commit them to support the political process, no violations of international humanitarian law or human rights law, to commit them to support the reform of the economic and security institutions of the countries, of course, extremely important.”

The Secretary-General said, “we have a truce. The truce is having some violations but not widespread violations. They are localized until now. We need to move to a ceasefire and from the ceasefire we need to move to a real political process. And we are not yet there.”

He stressed that “the pressure of the international community is essential” and “the role of the Security Council is essential.”

He highlighted the fact that “the heads of state and government or representatives of the five permanent members of the Security Council were in Berlin” and subscribed to the Berlin Communiqué, which he said, “is very strong in what regards for instance the arms embargo, that until now has been violated in forms that are totally unacceptable.”

Representatives of the two warring parties, the Government of National Accord (GNA) and forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar were present in Berlin but did not meet.
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