Joint Statement by Current and Former EU Members (Germany, Belgium, Estonia, France, and Poland) of the UNSC on Libya, April 8, 2020

08.04.2020 - Press release


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We, as the current and previous European Union members of the Security Council, welcome the launch of the new Operation Irini as an important contribution of the European Union to support the political process and the implementation of the Berlin Conference Conclusions and Resolution 2510.

All parties and Member States have to strictly comply with the UN arms embargo. Furthermore, the international community has a common responsibility to reinforce its monitoring under the auspices of the UN and provide the UN Panel of Experts and sanctions committee with more information on arms embargo violation.

Operation Irini will focus on the implementation and monitoring of the arms embargo and operate in the framework of already existing UN Security Council Resolutions 2292 (of 2016), recently ex-tended by Resolution 2473 (of 2019).

We welcome that the EU has stepped up to support the Berlin Conclusions and the implementation of the arms embargo.  

 The European Union continues to stand fully ready to support the United Nations led mediation process and UNSMIL’s efforts and recalls the importance of swiftly appointing a Special Representative of the Secretary-General.

We reiterate our call for a humanitarian truce and express our strong support for the Secretary-General’s initiative for a global ceasefire to battle the Covid19 crisis. We call on Libyans parties to respect this truce and to convey formally to UNSMIL their acceptance on the draft ceasefire agreement produced by the 5+5 Joint Military Commission on February, 23rd 2020.

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