The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Gerard van Bohemen (New Zealand):
The members of the Security Council welcomed the meeting of the participants in the Libyan political dialogue in Morocco on 25-28 June, facilitated by the Special Representative to the Secretary General (SRSG), Bernardino León.
The members of the Security Council reiterated that there can be no military solution to the crisis in Libya and urged the participants to agree on a Government of National Accord and to sign the proposal presented by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) in the coming days. The members of the Security Council agreed that commitment to a Government of National Accord is in the interests of the Libyan people and their future in order to end Libya’s political, security and institutional crises and to confront the rising threat of terrorism.
The members of the Security Council recognized the efforts made by all participants in the political dialogue and other tracks of the peace process, including civil society contributions, local-level ceasefires, prisoner exchanges and the return of internally displaced persons. The members of the Security Council encouraged further efforts in this regard towards promoting reconciliation.
The members of the Security Council encouraged UNSMIL to advance relevant efforts for coordination of international assistance to a future Government of National Accord. The members of the Security Council reiterated their support for the ongoing efforts of SRSG Bernardino León and UNSMIL.
The members of the Security Council recalled resolutions 2174 (2014), 2213 (2015) and 2214 (2015) and noted that the Sanctions Committee is prepared to sanction those who threaten Libya’s peace, stability and security or that 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.