UN / LIBYA ARMS EMBARGO

12-Jun-2017 00:02:12
The United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2357 today re-authorizing the inspection of suspected vessels on the high seas off the coast of Libya in an effort to implement the arms embargo imposed on the country. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / LIBYA ARMS EMBARGO
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DATELINE: 12 JUNE 2017, NEW YORK CITY
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1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

12 JUNE 2017, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, Bolivian ambassador
4. Pan left, Security Council voting on resolution
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Vincenzo Amendola, Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy:
“With one voice, today the Security Council highlighted once again its strong commitment to the stability and security of Libya and emphasised the importance of working together to protect the country from the threat posed by the combination of terrorism and proliferation of weapons. The Mediterranean Sea, especially off the coast of Libya is facing multiple challenges. Human trafficking, smuggling of weapons, oil, and other related products; all these flows benefit from the volatile situation in the country can increase the intensity, duration, and complexity of the Libyan crisis.”
6. Med shot, delegates
7. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta, Permanent Representative of Egypt to the United Nations:
“The international community, and particularly the Security Council, must decisively address the major challenge facing Libya regarding regional states funding of terrorist and extremist groups and the facilitation provided by these countries for the flow of foreign terrorist fighters into Libya, and in some cases from Libya to a wider geographic area including via the Mediterranean Sea.”
8. Med shot, Libyan ambassador
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Peter Wilson, Deputy Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations:
“Operation Sophia’s work to deter and reduce the flow of arms into Libya has provided important space for dialogue between the Government of National Accord and other Libyan actors. Recent clashes in Libya have only emphasised the importance of international community support for dialogue between Libyan stake holders towards a political solution that is necessary for a more stable Libya. This resolution is an important part of that support.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
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The United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2357 today (12 Jun) re-authorizing the inspection of suspected vessels on the high seas off the coast of Libya in an effort to implement the arms embargo imposed on the country.

Speaking to the Council, Italian Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Vincenzo Amendola said the Resolution adopted under Chapter 7 extended the legal framework for States and regional organizations to inspect ships going in or out of Libya for a further year. He said, “The Security Council highlighted once again its strong commitment to the stability and security of Libya and emphasised the importance of working together to protect the country from the threat posed by the combination of terrorism and proliferation of weapons.” Amendola said the stabilization of Libya is the best way to tackle the challenges on the Mediterranean Sea including human trafficking and weapons smuggling.

Egyptian ambassador Amr Aboulatta said the resolution only addressed one part of the many security challenges faced by Libya, which he said go far beyond arms smuggling to extremist and terrorist groups. Aboulatta stressed that the Security Council “must decisively address the major challenge facing Libya regarding regional states funding of terrorist and extremist groups and the facilitation provided by these countries for the flow of foreign terrorist fighters into Libya, and in some cases from Libya to a wider geographic area including via the Mediterranean Sea.” He also called on the Council to lift the arms embargo on the Libyan National Army which he said was proving to be instrumental in protecting the country and its neighbours.

British ambassador Peter Wilson said Libya was suffering from political instability which requires a comprehensive political solution. He said illegal arms smuggling into Libya is fuelling internal conflict and affecting the region. He praised the work of the European Union’s Operation Sophia which “has provided important space for dialogue between the Government of National Accord and other Libyan actors.” Wilson noted that recent clashes in Libya have “only emphasised the importance of international community support for dialogue between Libyan stake holders towards a political solution that is necessary for a more stable Libya” adding that this resolution is an important part of that support.
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