The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Matthew Rycroft (United Kingdom):
The members of the Security Council expressed their concern over Libya’s ongoing political, security and institutional crises and the rising threat of terrorism.
The members of the Security Council stressed that the Political Agreement for the Government of national accord finalized by the Libyan parties in October offers a real prospect for resolving the situation, after comprehensive and broad consultations within the framework of the Libyan-led and Libyan-owned dialogue process facilitated by the United Nations.
The members of the Security Council welcomed the expressions of support by the Libyan parties plus a wide range of Libyan groups for the Political Agreement and for the formation of a Government of national accord.
The members of the Security Council urged all Libyan dialogue participants to endorse and sign the Political Agreement for the Government of national accord, and called on all Libyan stakeholders to work swiftly towards the formation of a Government of national accord, which will work for the benefit of all Libyans. Council members expressed support for an inclusive process that listens to and integrates Libyans from all communities and all parts of the country.
The members of the Security Council encouraged the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) to advance relevant efforts for coordination of international assistance to the future Government of national accord.
The members of the Security Council expressed concern about activities which could damage the integrity and unity of the Libyan State financial institutions and the National Oil Company and highlighted the importance of these institutions continuing to function for the benefit of all Libyans.
The members of the Security Council expressed concern about the ongoing fighting, destruction and growing humanitarian toll in various parts of the country and called for an immediate end of violence.
The members of the Security Council condemned the continued attacks and repression by ISIL [Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant], Ansar al Charia and all other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with Al-Qaida operating in Libya, particularly in Sirte, and stressed in this regard the urgent need to deal with this threat effectively.
The members of the Security Council recalled resolutions 2174 (2014), 2213 (2015) and 2214 (2015), and noted that the Libya Sanctions Committee is prepared to designate those who threaten Libya’s peace, stability and security or who 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.