Security Council concerned over escalation of violence, involvement of mercenaries in Libya's ... - The Libyan Report

Security Council concerned over escalation of violence, involvement of mercenaries in Libya's ...

The members of the UN Security Council expressed their deep concern at the recent escalation of violence in Libya, stressing the need for all parties to de-escalate the situation urgently and to commit to a ceasefire.

"The Members of the Security Council reaffirmed their full support for the leadership of the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) Ghassan Salamé and for his work to resolve the conflict in Libya." A statement by the Security Council said on Monday.

The members also welcomed ongoing international efforts in support of SRSG Salamé to move forward a Libyan-led and Libyan-owned political process facilitated by the United Nations as well as to engage with Member States and the Libyan parties in the framework of SRSG Salamé’s three step proposal to reinforce the UN endeavour.

They called on Member States and the Libyan parties to engage constructively with SRSG Salamé as lasting peace and stability in Libya would only come through a political solution. They recalled the commitment of the Libyan parties to work constructively with the UN as agreed in Paris in May 2018, in Palermo in November 2018, and in Abu Dhabi in February 2019." The statement reads.

It added that the members noted the ongoing efforts in support by the African Union, the League of Arab States, the European Union and others.

The members of the Security Council also expressed particular concern regarding the reported breaches of the arms embargo set out by SRSG Salamé in his briefing as well as the growing involvement of mercenaries.

They called for full compliance with the arms embargo by all Member States, in line with resolution 1970 (2011).

"All Member States are not to intervene in the conflict or to take measures that would exacerbate the conflict." The statement indicated.

The members of the Security Council reiterated their call on all Libyans to work constructively towards the unification of Libya’s military and economic institutions; establishing unified and strengthened national security forces under civilian government authority; and a unified Libyan Central Bank.

They reinforced the importance of the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Libya.

Meanwhile, the Presidential Council said in a statement on Monday that the lack of a unified stance by the international community regarding the violations in Libya by Khalifa Haftar's forces encouraged them to commit more violations that amount to war crimes. source