On Libya, After UK Boris Johnson Speaks, Video Here, UNSC Issues Press Statement

UNITED NATIONS, July 22 (InnerCityPro.com) -- After the UN Security Council held two meetings about Libya on July 22, the second one featuring an "Explanation of Vote" speech by Boris Johnson, below (and ICP video here), later on July 22 the Council issued this Press Statement:

"The members of the Security Council welcomed the 16-17 July 2016 meeting of the Libyan Political Dialogue and the Presidency Council which discussed how to progress the implementation of the Libyan Political Agreement and sought to address the provision of basic services, resumption of oil production and implementation of the security arrangements contained in the Agreement.

The members of the Security Council underscore the importance of restoring Libya’s oil production to supply revenues to enable the Government of National Accord to provide essential services to benefit the Libyan people.
The members of the Security Council also welcomed the 18-19 July high-level roundtable to discuss the implementation of interim security arrangements as envisaged by the Libyan Political Agreement, during which participants proposed options to clarify and strengthen Libyan security architecture as well as to create a process to improve security in Tripoli.

The members of the Security Council encouraged the Presidency Council to continue efforts to broaden the basis of its support, to take the necessary decisions to tackle Libya’s political, security, humanitarian, economic and institutional challenges, including through the urgent delivery of basic services to the Libyan people, and to confront the rising threat of terrorism.

The members of the Security Council reiterated the importance of the continued inclusiveness of the Libyan Political Agreement and renewed their strong call on all parties in Libya to be part of and to engage constructively with the Agreement in good faith and with sustained political will.

The members of the Security Council called on all Libyans to unite in a spirit of reconciliation in implementing the Libyan Political Agreement and to refrain from any action that could undermine this important phase of Libya’s democratic transition.

The members of the Security Council renewed their call in resolution 2259 (2015) on Member States to cease support to and official contact with parallel institutions that claim to be the legitimate authority, but are outside of the Libyan Political Agreement as specified by it.

The members of the Security Council reiterated their concern about the terrorist threat in Libya, in particular from groups proclaiming allegiance to Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) and groups affiliated with Al-Qaida, welcomed recent progress in this regard and noted ongoing efforts in combating this threat.

The members of the Security Council welcomed the role played by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) in the United Nations-facilitated, Libyan-led dialogue process and agreement, including reiterating their support for the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Martin Kobler, and encouraged its future efforts in this regard.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed their strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national unity of Libya."

And here beyond the video is what BoJo said in the Council:

Explanation of Vote by British Foreign Secretary at UN Security Council adoption of Resolution on Libya Chemical Weapons

22 July 2016

Thank you very much Mr President.

This is my first visit to the United Nations as Foreign Secretary and I am delighted that it coincides with the unanimous adoption of a resolution that marks an important step forward for international peace and security.

I recognise that this excellent work goes on day in, day out, and I’m delighted today to be a part of it.

This resolution marks the beginning of the end of the Libyan chemical weapons programme. It grants the legal authorisation necessary for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to remove the chemical precursors of those weapons from Libya so that they can be destroyed in a third country.  In doing so, we have reduced the risk of these weapons falling into the hands of terrorists and fanatics.

I would like to thank Council members for their role in making this resolution possible. It’s a sign of the strength of international cooperation on Libya that we were able to come together so quickly to agree it.

Together, we have shown our collective commitment to the people and authorities of Libya, and, ultimately, to all of us who want to live in a world free from chemical weapons. The UK is committed to making this world a reality, including through our permanent seat here in the UN Security Council.

What we have done today is a good example of the role of the UN in tackling the global challenges. It is also an example of the United Kingdom’s continued determination to play a leading role through the UN, together with you, our partners in the Security Council.

Thank you very much.

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