Joint statement by international community calls for holding ceasefire in Libya’s capital
At the invitation of French Foreign Minister Jean Yves Le Drian, Ministers and high representatives of Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Niger, Italy, the United States, the United Kingdom, China, Russia, the European Union, the African Union and the Arab League, gathered in New York on September 24, 2018 and held consultations with Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj and UN Secretary General Special representative Ghassan Salame participating from Tripoli.
They reaffirmed their full support for UN Special Representative Ghassan Salamé and his Action plan as well as his efforts to facilitate an inclusive, Libyan-led and Libyan-owned political solution.
Participants condemned the recent violations of the ceasefire in Tripoli, particularly the indiscriminate shelling that resulted in civilian casualties, and underscored the urgent need for the restoration of stability in the Libyan capital based on a durable cessation of hostilities. Those pursuing their aims through violence should not be allowed to hold the Libyan political process hostage. In this spirit, they reiterated their support to ongoing efforts by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) to de-escalate fighting and ensure the protection of civilians and called on all parties to implement and uphold the September 4 ceasefire; in addition, they commended steps by the Government of National Accord to implement necessary security arrangements in Tripoli and in particular the decision to reinforce Libyan regular military units.
Participants expressed their commitment to hold accountable those who threaten to undermine Libya’s peace, security, and stability, or undermine the successful completion of its political transition, in accordance with United Nations Security Council resolution 2213 (2015).
In this respect, participants will continue to work in support of UNSMIL and receive their suggestions regarding individuals who should be sanctioned.
Participants urged all Libyan leaders to engage constructively with Special Representative Salamé, in a spirit of true compromise and with a view to reinforcing the momentum generated by the international conference on Libya hosted, under the auspices of the United Nations, in Paris on May 29, 2018, in order to work constructively towards the unification of Libya’s military and economic institutions and to chart a viable path to adopt a constitution and move forward credible, peaceful and well prepared elections as soon as possible. They acknowledged in particular the important role played by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, welcomed the promising municipal elections held in three Libyan cities and urged all Libyan leaders to promote national reconciliation in cooperation with the UN political process. They called on the Libyan House of Representatives and its members to meet their responsibilities by taking the appropriate electoral legislation.
Participants voiced their support for ongoing Libyan discussions about how to improve fiscal transparency and promote an equitable distribution of the country’s resources, within the framework of the Libyan Political Agreement, endorsed by the United Nations Security Council through resolution 2259 (2015). In particular, participants noted the urgent need to move forward with a comprehensive economic reform package and urged the Government of National Accord to take all necessary steps to improve financial policy, ensure effective government, and tackle mismanagement and corruption. Participants also invited the SRSG to put forward propositions for effective economic and monetary reforms regarding the misuse of letters of credits and fiscal transparency.
The participants also reiterated their support for the preservation of the sovereignty, territorial integrity, unity, and national cohesion of the Libyan people. Libyans should decide their own future without foreign interference. The international community must speak with one voice in support of Special Representative Salamé as he works with all Libyans to promote a stable, unified, and prosperous future for their country.