The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Gary Quinlan (Australia):
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.