UN / LIBYA

15-Jul-2021 00:03:02
Following an in-person ministerial-level briefing on the situation in Libya, the Security Council issued a statement stressing the importance of free and fair Presidential and Parliamentary elections that are inclusive and credible and recalling the importance of the unification of Libya’s institutions. UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 15 JULY 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations Headquarters

15 JULY 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, Ján Kubiš and Heiko Maas
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Ján Kubiš, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Libya, and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL):
“I am concerned that although the ceasefire agreement continues to hold notwithstanding minor clashes between armed groups and criminal gangs, the unity of the JMC and implementation of the agreement could unravel if the political process remains stalled. The JMC has a vital role in the implementation of the ceasefire agreement and its achievements have previously paved the way for political progress. Every effort must therefore be made to preserve its unity and to insulate its work from the detrimental effects of the political stalemate and the standoff between Libya’s main political actors.”
5. Med shot, delegates
6. SOUNDBITE (French) Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, France:
“For the first time in a long time, peace is within reach Libya. I wish to tell you once again today, Mr. Prime Minister, and through you reiterate it to the Libyan people; the Security Council and the international community are determined to accompany you in the implementation of the political and security road map I just mentioned. This is indeed the idea behind the unanimity which was demonstrated when we adopted the resolutions I also mentioned.”
7. Med shot, delegates
8. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Othman Jerandi, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Migration and Tunisians Abroad, Tunisia:
“The holding of elections in December this year will, without a doubt, represent a turning point in the political process in Libya. It will be a real embarkment in a sustained democratic path and it will lay the foundation for the rule of law and the state of institutions in Libya.”
9. Med shot, delegates
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Heiko Maas, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Germany:
“We must take a strong stance against those who favour postponing the elections for selfish political motives. Here, the Security Council must reaffirm that it will not tolerate any obstruction. Ladies and gentlemen, with the support of the United Nations and this Council, Libya has made great progress towards peace and unity. Now, we must stay the course to make that progress irreversible.”
11. Med shot, Russian Ambassador
12. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh, Prime Minister of the Government of National Unity, Libya:
“We take advantage of this opportunity to reiterate our commitment to serve the Libyan people and we reiterate our commitment to the world that thew choice to wage war is a choice of the past. We will work with all our might, and we will cooperate with all Libyans to renounce differences and wars and to begin to build a united, stable, modern Libya.”
14. Wide shot, Council
STORYLINE
Following an in-person ministerial-level briefing on the situation in Libya, the Security Council issued a statement stressing the importance of free and fair Presidential and Parliamentary elections that are inclusive and credible and recalling the importance of the unification of Libya’s institutions.

Briefing the Council, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Libya, and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Ján Kubiš, expressed concern that although the ceasefire agreement continues to mostly hold, the unity of the Joint Military Commission (JMC) and implementation of the agreement “could unravel if the political process remains stalled.”

The JMC, he said, “has a vital role in the implementation of the ceasefire agreement and its achievements have previously paved the way for political progress,” adding that “every effort must therefore be made to preserve its unity and to insulate its work from the detrimental effects of the political stalemate and the standoff between Libya’s main political actors.”

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told the Council that “for the first time in a long time, peace is within reach Libya,” and said the Security Council and the international community “are determined” to accompany Libya in the implementation of the political and security road map.

Tunisia’s Foreign Minister Othman Jerandi said, “the holding of elections in December this year will, without a doubt, represent a turning point in the political process in Libya. It will be a real embarkment in a sustained democratic path and it will lay the foundation for the rule of law and the state of institutions in Libya.”

Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, for his part said, “we must take a strong stance against those who favour postponing the elections for selfish political motives. Here, the Security Council must reaffirm that it will not tolerate any obstruction. Ladies and gentlemen, with the support of the United Nations and this Council, Libya has made great progress towards peace and unity. Now, we must stay the course to make that progress irreversible.”

In his address to the Council, Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh reiterated the government’s commitment that “the choice to wage war is a choice of the past, vowing to “work with all our might, and we will cooperate with all Libyans to renounce differences and wars and to begin to build a united, stable, modern Libya.”

The Council’s Presidential Statement urged “all Member States, all Libyan parties and all relevant actors to respect and support the full implementation of the 23 October 2020 ceasefire agreement, including through the withdrawal of all foreign forces and mercenaries from Libya without delay.”
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