Security Council Press Statement on Libya

 Security Council Press Statement on Libya

26 November 2014 – The members of the Security Council expressed their profound concern about the deteriorating situation in Libya and its impact on regional peace and stability.

The members of the Security Council underlined that there can be no military solution to the current crisis. They expressed their full support to Special Representative of the Secretary-General Bernardino León and urged all parties to engage constructively with his efforts to resume an inclusive political process aimed at addressing the political and security challenges facing the country.

The members of the Security Council strongly condemned the escalation in violence in Libya. They noted with concern the recent attacks on public and civilian infrastructure.

The members of the Security Council strongly condemned ongoing human rights violations and abuses in Libya, use of violence against civilians and civilian institutions and public intimidation, including of United Nations personnel. They condemned attempts to intimidate and obstruct the proper functioning of Libya’s financial institutions.

Recalling resolution 2174 (2014), the members of the Security Council emphasized that the Sanctions Committee is prepared to sanction those who threaten Libya’s peace, stability or security or that obstruct or undermine the successful completion of its political transition.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed their strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national unity of Libya.

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the situation in Libya

New York, 25 November 2014 – The Secretary-General is deeply concerned by the recent escalation of violence in Libya, including the air strikes in Tripoli and the Nafousa Mountains in the west, as well as in Benghazi and its environs in the east. He calls on all parties to end these attacks and prevent further escalation and reminds them of their moral and legal obligations to protect civilians and abide by international human rights and humanitarian law.

The Secretary-General is also deeply concerned by the violation of the United Nations premises in Tripoli that took place on 24 November. Such actions and incitement cannot be tolerated and must cease immediately.

The Secretary-General remains convinced that the only way to resolve the current crisis is through dialogue. In this regard, he has full confidence in his Special Representative, Bernardino Leon, and in his efforts to facilitate dialogue among Libyans to address the challenges facing the country and to bring about a return to an inclusive political process.

He calls on all Libyans to recommit themselves to the goals of the revolution and take the brave decisions necessary to spare their country and people further strife and suffering, in particular by talking to one another in an environment of mutual respect and inclusiveness.