Statement by Mr. Vladimir Safronkov, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations, at the Security Council on the situation in Libya
We support the initiative to extend for a further year the special control regime on the high seas off the coast of Libya, established under resolution 2292 (2016), with the objective of ensuring respect for the Security Council’s arms embargo. Those measures apply to flows both into Libya and out of Libya. Such special instruments can be useful, as the Libyan crisis remains a serious source of regional instability, accompanied by illicit trafficking in arms. We expect more effective inspection actions in that maritime area, which must take place with unswerving compliance for international law.
It is, unfortunately, difficult to refer to last year’s outcomes as impressive. We underscore that international and regional efforts to reach a settlement in Libya must be forged on the basis of an understanding and assessment of the priority tasks necessary to unite the country and its Government institutions, including of course the structures of power. This applies to assistance in the military field, including in conducting training programmes. Libyans must feel that their international partners are not interested in creating new divisive lines such as those that in recent years have prevented Libya from re-establishing its statehood. Any policy in this field that is careless or disconnected from reality could lead to further mistakes.
We cherish the hope that the mediation role of the United Nations will lead to success. All activities of the world Organization should be underpinned by the principles of objectivity, impartiality and assistance to the Libyans in unifying their State and resolving Libya’s current problems, first and foremost in the field of combating terrorism. It is quite clear that the United Nations work on Libya must be based on the consolidated support of foreign players, which in turn must act according to the same rules of the game.
Russia and Libya are linked by long-standing friendly relations, and we have always championed a unified, flourishing Libya. Our actions are guided by the objective of rapidly resolving the challenges facing today’s Libya, which require joint regional and international efforts. We stand ready to participate in any such work.