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The Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution extending the mandate of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) until the end of January 2022. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 30 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

30 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Med shot, Irish Ambassador presiding over Security Council
3. Pan left, Security Council voting on draft resolution
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicolas de Rivière, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations:
"Our Council must restructure UNSMIL at the next renewal in January 2022 as is being requested by the Secretary-General. And this restructuring is not an end in and of itself. It has to become a tool so as to strengthen the effectiveness of the work conducted by UNSMIL. The Security Council's unity in supporting Libya is now more important than ever."
5. Wide shot, Security Council
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeffrey DeLaurentis, Senior Advisor for Special Political Affairs, United States Mission to the United Nations:
"It is incumbent upon us to act with the urgency that the Libyan people deserve. Failure to restructure UNSMIL now only serves to undermine our collective efforts to stabilize Libya. We must ask ourselves today, how can we move forward in a manner that places the UN and the people of Libya in a position to build on previous diplomatic achievements?"
7. Wide shot, Security Council
8. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Vassily A. Nebenzia, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations:
"We agree with the colleagues in the Council when they say that the conclusions and the recommendations of the independent strategic review of the mission, including the idea to reformat the leadership of the mission, would be best implemented at the end of the electoral process which will be so important for the people."
9. Wide shot, Security Council

STORYLINE:

The Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution extending the mandate of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) until the end of January 2022.

The technical rollover resolution was adopted today (30 Sep) following intense negotiations over restructuring the mission as recommended by the Secretary-General’s Independent Strategic Review.

Addressing the Council following the vote, French ambassador Nicolas de Rivière reiterated his country's full support for the work of the mission, which he said is crucial to accompany the political transition process and prepare for parliamentary and presidential elections set for the 24th of December.

De Rivière said, "Our Council must restructure UNSMIL at the next renewal in January 2022 as is being requested by the Secretary-General. And this restructuring is not an end in and of itself. It has to become a tool so as to strengthen the effectiveness of the work conducted by UNSMIL. The Security Council's unity in supporting Libya is now more important than ever."

De Rivière noted that, in an effort to consolidate the unity of the international community, France - together with Italy, Germany, and the UN - is organizing a high-level international conference on Libya in Paris with the goal of supporting the political process, particularly the elections, the full implementation of the ceasefire, and the stabilization of the country taking into account the regional implications of the crisis.

United States ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis said today's vote is an unfortunate outcome for the Libyan people and the Security Council, which he said failed to implement the recommendations of the Secretary-General's Independent Strategic Review at a crucial time.

He said the review was clear that the head of mission should be relocated to Tripoli to increase his engagement with Libyan actors. He stressed that the recommendations should be implemented now, not months down the road, considering the critical importance of the UN’s support for the December national elections.

DeLaurentis said, “It is incumbent upon us to act with the urgency that the Libyan people deserve. Failure to restructure UNSMIL now only serves to undermine our collective efforts to stabilize Libya. We must ask ourselves today, how can we move forward in a manner that places the UN and the people of Libya in a position to build on previous diplomatic achievements?"

The US ambassador call on all Council members to work together expeditiously over the next few months to adopt a mandate that will offer the best approach to resolve stalemates and encourage political progress in Libya.

Russian ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said his country was convinced that there is no alternative to a comprehensive, peaceful settlement of the Libyan crisis with the UN playing a central role in this process. He said the consensus in adopting the resolution today showed the international community’s consistent support for the Libyan people at this very sensitive and momentous stage of the process.

Nebenzia said, "We agree with the colleagues in the Council when they say that the conclusions and the recommendations of the Independent Strategic Review of the mission, including the idea to reformat the leadership of the mission, would be best implemented at the end of the electoral process which will be so important for the people."

The Russian ambassador called upon all of the actors in Libya to make use of the Security Council's support and ensure that, with the support of UNSMIL, they can overcome the various differences that have accumulated and conduct the elections in order to open a new page in the history of the Libyan State.
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