UN Security Council Adopts Libya Resolution

Members of the Libyan government troops from Misrata in Libya on Jan 22, 2020 (AFP)

 

The authors of the documents focused on the importance of a "lasting ceasefire" and the immediate stop to current fighting.

 

 

Three weeks after the Libya summit in Berlin, the UN Security Council approved a resolution that supports the Berlin decisions for peace in the civil war country. The adoption is an important signal for the peace process in Libya, said Schulz. With an abstention by Russia, the 15-member body of the United Nations had accepted the draft.

The resolution provides the Berlin Agreement with international legal binding and gives it additional emphasis. In several places it refers to the breakthroughs of the Libya summit in Berlin and welcomes and supports them. The main focus is on the importance of a "continuing ceasefire" and the enforcement of the existing ceasefire.



Closer to the End of War

The German Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas welcomed the decision of the UN Security Council. "With the successful acceptance of the results of the Berlin Libya conference today, we have taken a big step further on the way to a solution in the Libya conflict," said Maas. "The results of the Berlin Libya conference are therefore binding for everyone."

At the summit in January, 16 states and organisations had agreed on a peace plan for the civil war country. Foreign Minister Maas will meet his counterparts in the participating countries on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference on Sunday to take stock four weeks after the meeting. In the Süddeutsche Zeitung daily newspaper, Maas rejected criticism that the decisions of the conference were being implemented only slowly. Nobody was so naive to believe "that the civil war parties would turn into glowing pacifists on Monday after the conference after years of fighting," he said. However, there is initial progress, for example, military representatives on both sides have spoken to each other for the first time.

The Federal Foreign Minister had also proposed a new EU mission for Libya, which will initially use the air to monitor compliance with the UN arms embargo imposed on the country. "Nobody should be able to bring weapons to Libya unseen," Maas told the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Violations of the embargo "should not remain without consequences".

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