UN / LIBYA

16-Oct-2023 00:04:02
The United Nations top official in Libya said, “the Derna disaster has revealed severe governance deficits through several issues, such as the lack of maintenance of the dam systems, the management of resources as well as the lack of an effective mechanism for disaster management.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / LIBYA
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / ARABIC / NATS

DATELINE: 16 OCTOBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

16 OCTOBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Abdoulaye Bathily, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL):
“The Derna tragedy is unprecedented in Libya’s recorded history. With the Deputy Special Representative, Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator, and other members of UNSMIL’s Leadership Team, I visited the affected area. The human and material cost of this disaster is beyond imagination.”
4. Med shot, Council President
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Abdoulaye Bathily, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL):
“As a result of this tragedy, thousands of lives were lost. In my visit to Derna a few days after the Storm, I saw first-hand the magnitude of the disaster and heard from families about their losses, including individuals who lost all their loved ones.”
6. Wide shot, Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Abdoulaye Bathily, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL):
“The Derna disaster has revealed severe governance deficits through several issues, such as the lack of maintenance of the dam systems, the management of resources as well as the lack of an effective mechanism for disaster management. On the top of these issues, the absence of a unified political decision making at the national level made matters more challenging. Had these governance issues been resolved at the national level, they would have mitigated the impact of the tragedy.”
8. Wide shot, Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Abdoulaye Bathily, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL):
“In Tripoli, a fragile calm has returned, although tensions persist between Tripoli-based armed groups. The inherent precariousness of dynamics between these security actors reinforces the need for an inclusive political process. In Benghazi, the LNA’s attempt to arrest the former Minister of Defence in the Government of National Acord, Mahdi al-Barghathi, led to armed clashes in densely populated areas. The 6-8 October fighting caused several casualties, material damages and a communication shutdown for almost a week.”
10. Pan left, Council
11. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Taher M. T. Elsonni, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Libya:
“In this context, after the plea of the Head of the Presidential Council for international support, we would like to thank all the states and organizations that have provided assistance and have supported to face this crisis, whether through rescue teams or through the provision of assistance. We reiterate here our call on the international community to continue supporting Libya in order to overcome the impact of this unprecedented crisis and to effectively participate in development efforts and reconstruction in the effected cities.”
12. Wide shot, Council
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The United Nations top official in Libya said, “the Derna disaster has revealed severe governance deficits through several issues, such as the lack of maintenance of the dam systems, the management of resources as well as the lack of an effective mechanism for disaster management.”

Briefing the Security Council today from Tripoli (16 Oct), Abdoulaye Bathily, who is the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), said, “The Derna tragedy is unprecedented in Libya’s recorded history. With the Deputy Special Representative, Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator, and other members of UNSMIL’s Leadership Team, I visited the affected area. The human and material cost of this disaster is beyond imagination.”

He continued, “as a result of this tragedy, thousands of lives were lost. In my visit to Derna a few days after the Storm, I saw first-hand the magnitude of the disaster and heard from families about their losses, including individuals who lost all their loved ones.”

He added, “the absence of a unified political decision making at the national level made matters more challenging. Had these governance issues been resolved at the national level, they would have mitigated the impact of the tragedy.”

According to Bathily, “In Tripoli, a fragile calm has returned, although tensions persist between Tripoli-based armed groups. The inherent precariousness of dynamics between these security actors reinforces the need for an inclusive political process.”

In Benghazi, he said, “the LNA’s attempt to arrest the former Minister of Defence in the Government of National Acord, Mahdi al-Barghathi, led to armed clashes in densely populated areas.”

He also said that the 6-8 October fighting “caused several casualties, material damages and a communication shutdown for almost a week.”

For his part, Libyan Ambassador Taher M. T. Elsonni said, “after the plea of the Head of the Presidential Council for international support, we would like to thank all the states and organizations that have provided assistance and have supported to face this crisis, whether through rescue teams or through the provision of assistance.”

He added, “We reiterate here our call on the international community to continue supporting Libya in order to overcome the impact of this unprecedented crisis and to effectively participate in development efforts and reconstruction in the effected cities.”
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