Statement by Current and Incoming EU Members of the UN Security Council (Belgium, Estonia, France, Germany and Ireland) on UNSMIL, September 15, 2020

15.09.2020 - Press release

Check Against Delivery

Delivered by Belgium

The adoption of resolution 2542 this morning is important and comes at a moment of cautious optimism for Libya.

The separate statements made by Prime Minister Fayez Al-Serraj and Speaker Aguilah Saleh on August 21st were welcome. They are encouraging first steps to overcome the stalemate. As High Representative Borrell said during his recent visit to Libya, now they need to be translated into concrete actions on the ground and into serious, durable commitments. In this context, the outcome of the mediation talks held in Switzerland and in Morocco are positive steps towards the speedy resumption of the Libyan political process, and in line with the Berlin process. There is no military solution to the Libyan conflict: the way out of the crisis will be political, in a spirit of inclusiveness, under the auspices of the United Nations.

With the agreement today on a renewed structure for the UN mediation and a reinforced UNSMIL, all conditions are met to proceed as soon as possible with the appointment of a Special Envoy.  We encourage the UN Secretary General to appoint the Special Envoy as soon as possible and our partners within the Security Council to express their full support to the SG in this regard.

The renewal of the UNSMIL mandate also sets the parameters for a potential monitoring by UNSMIL of a possible ceasefire. The Council will soon study the options proposed by the UN in this regard.

We need to seize the current momentum to advance decisively on the 3 tracks of the UN led mediation process.

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