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As the host country of the Berlin Conference on Libya we are very pleased to see the Conference Conclusions endorsed by the Council today.
With the adoption of this resolution, the Security Council sends an important signal for peace in Libya, reaffirming the concrete commitments of all participants of the Berlin Conference. Crucial for Libya that we are able to send this signal of unity.
The adoption is timely, days before the inaugural meeting of the International Follow-up Committee on Libya on Ministerial level chaired by German Foreign Minister Maas which will take place on 16 February in the margins of the Munich Security Conference.
The IFCL will coordinate efforts to ensure the implementation of the Berlin Conference Conclusions.
We are also encouraged by the progress made thus far in implementing some of the aspects of the Conference Conclusions. We call on the parties to continue their cooperation in the 5+5 Joint Military Committee in order to work out the conditions of a ceasefire. We also welcome the ongoing preparations for political talks and call for inclusive participation and representation across all segments of Libyan society.
Taking note of the Meeting of the AU High Level Committee for Libya in Brazzaville and the session on Libya during the recent AU summit in Addis Ababa, we welcome the ongoing efforts of the African Union in supporting the Berlin process. The African Union plays an important role in finally bringing peace to Libya.
Implementation of the existing arms embargo remains key. There is no military solution to the conflict in Libya. With today’s resolution, the international community has once more demonstrated its resolve to hold violators accountable. We welcome that the resolution expressly denounces foreign interference in the conflict in Libya.
Swift implementation of the Berlin Conclusions is now crucial in light of the ongoing violations of international humanitarian law and reports of mounting civilian casualties.