LIBYA: PRESS STATMENT

26 May 2017

The members of the Security Council condemned the military
escalation in southern Libya including the attack at Brak al-Shati on
18 May, which reportedly resulted in the summary executions of
combatants and civilians.

The members of the Security Council welcomed the statement by
Prime Minister Sarraj condemning the military escalation and
launching an investigation into the attack at Brak al-Shati. The
members of the Security Council also noted condemnations of the
attack by other Libyan political institutions.

The members of the Security Council also condemned the escalation
in violence in Tripoli on 26 May. The members of the Security Council
called on all parties in Libya to exercise restraint, reiterated that
there can be no military solution and urged all parties to express
their support for national reconciliation.

The members of the Security Council called for perpetrators of
criminal and terrorist acts across Libya to be brought to justice.

The members of the Security Council commended the recent
statements made by the Secretary-General and the African Union in
this regard. The members of the Security Council recalled relevant
Security Council resolutions 2213 (2015), 2259 (2015) and 2278
(2016).

The members of the Security Council welcomed recent efforts to
strengthen dialogue between Libyans, supported by Libya’s
neighbours and regional organisations, and noted the importance of
the UN-facilitated, Libyan-led process to advance inclusive political
dialogue.

The members of the Security Council called on Libyan stakeholders
to expedite their work on the creation of unified state institutions,
including unified national security forces under appropriate civilian
control, and to combine their efforts to jointly fight terrorism.

The members of the Security Council expressed alarm at the impact
which the continued fighting is having on the humanitarian situation
and called on all parties to facilitate immediate and sustained
access for the delivery of humanitarian assistance.
The members of the Security Council reiterated their grave concern
at the increase in smuggling of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea
off the coast of Libya, deplored the continued resulting tragedies,
including on 24 May 2017 which resulted in dozens of casualties,
and extended their deepest condolences to all those affected and
their families.

The members of the Security Council reiterated their full support for
the work of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the Libyan
Political Agreement.

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