Joint statement by international stakeholders threatens to impose sanctions on Tripoli ceasefire violators
A joint statement by international stakeholders in the Libyan crisis expressed commitment to hold accountable those who threaten to undermine Libya’s peace, security, and stability, or undermine the successful completion of its political transition, adding that they will continue to work in support of UNSMIL and receive their suggestions regarding individuals who should be sanctioned.
The statement came 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 Tuesday and held consultations with the Head of the Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sirraj and UN Secretary General Special representative Ghassan Salame participating from Tripoli.
According to the statement, the participants 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.
They also 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." They added.
The statement also reiterated the countries' support to ongoing efforts by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) to deescalate fighting and ensure the protection of civilians and called on all parties to implement and uphold the September 04 ceasefire; in addition, they commended steps by the Presidential Council's government to implement necessary security arrangements in Tripoli and in particular the decision to reinforce Libyan regular military units.
The countries also urged all Libyan leaders to engage constructively with 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 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, calling 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. 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." The statement reads.
They also invited Salame 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 Salamé as he works with all Libyans to promote a stable, unified, and prosperous future for their country." The statement concludes.