Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Libya welcomes the Berlin Conference Conclusions as an important step towards sustainable peace in Libya
24 June 2021 - The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Libya, and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Ján Kubiš, welcomes the Conclusions of the Second International Conference on Libya (Berlin II), endorsed by the participating member states and organisations in the conference in the German capital, Berlin. The Special Envoy praises the collective efforts of all member states and regional and international organisations to assist the Libyan people in their quest for unity, peace, stability, and prosperity for their future generations. He also welcomes the participation of Libya as a member of the Berlin Conference, represented by Prime Minister of the interim Government of National Unity, Abdulhamid AlDabaiba.
“This conference represents an important opportunity to renew the international community’s commitment to Libya’s independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity,” Special Envoy Kubiš said. “Significant progress has been made since the holding of the first Berlin Conference in January 2020, resulting in ending the armed conflict in Libya; signing a ceasefire agreement, and the establishment of a unified interim executive authority. However, more needs to be done to consolidate this progress and ensure sustainable stability and peace in Libya.
In line with the Berlin Conference II Conclusions and the UN Security Council Resolution 2570 (2021), holding the national elections on 24 December 2021 and the full implementation of the ceasefire agreement are imperative for the stability of Libya. The Special Envoy also stressed the importance of addressing all human rights violations and abuses as well as violations of international humanitarian law. He urges the authorities to lead an inclusive, comprehensive, and rights-based national reconciliation and transitional justice process.
The Special Envoy reiterates the Secretary-General’s call “To put an end to all foreign interference, including the full withdrawal of all foreign forces and mercenaries from Libya,” and joins him in urging all Libyans and external parties to agree on a comprehensive plan, with clear timelines, to achieve this goal, which UNSMIL stands ready to support.
As announced by the Secretary-General in his video message to the Berlin Conference yesterday, the Special Envoy stresses that “The United Nations is fully committed to facilitating the Libyan-led and Libyan-owned processes in support of the ceasefire agreement, national reconciliation and transitional justice, and the holding of elections on 24 December.”
The Special Envoy extends his appreciation to the German Chancellor, Madame Angela Merkel, and German federal government represented by Foreign Minister Heiko Maas for hosting the first and second conferences on Libya.