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Closing Remarks by Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Libya at the UN Security Council (Video conference)

08.07.2020 - Speech

As delivered by Ambassador Christoph Heusgen on behalf of Foreign Minister Heiko Maas

Colleagues,

Excellencies,

Ladies and gentlemen,

Thank you all for your participation in this important and lively discussion today. In my national capacity, I am taking away the following central points from today’s meeting:

All participants expressed their concern about the continued conflict in Libya and its humanitarian impact.

The suffering in Libya is further aggravated by the spread of COVID-19. In this context I would like to recall that, one week ago, the Secretary-General´s call for a global ceasefire has been endorsed by this Council.

Libya proves the importance of this call every single day. Therefore, we urge the conflict parties to bring the ceasefire negotiations of the 5 + 5 Joint Military Committee to a successful conclusion, without preconditions and without further delay.

Several participants expressed support for a demilitarised solution for Sirte and Jufra among us. Members of this Council have asked the Secretary-General to make suggestions about which role UNSMIL could play in this regard.

We all appreciate the tireless efforts of UNSMIL in support of a political solution for Libya, as well as the important roles that the African Union, the League of Arab States and the European Union play in Libya’s stabilization. 

Everybody underlined his and her support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Libya.

We all reiterate our support for the Secretary-General´s call to strictly observe the arms embargo and to refrain from interfering militarily in this conflict.

Regarding the oil export blockade, participants called on the conflict parties to reach an agreement without further delay that ensures the resumption of oil production and an equitable distribution of revenue. I understand that such a solution is within reach. We sincerely hope that this UN-led negotiations will produce positive results within the next days.

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