Secretary-General: Strong condemnation of the Libyan bombing that killed three United Nations personnel

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 Secretary-General: Strong condemnation of the Libyan bombing that killed three United Nations personnel


United Nations Secretary-General Guterres

Beijing News Express According to the Wechat Public Number of the Information Department of the United Nations Headquarters, it was reported that the explosion occurred in front of a shopping mall in Benghazi City. The convoy of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya was passing through the area when the explosion occurred. At least one wreckage of a vehicle bearing the United Nations logo could be seen on the scene. In addition to the staff of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, there are also many civilians among the injured, and no organization has declared itself responsible for the explosion.

United Nations Secretary-General Guterres issued a statement on the same day, condemning it in the strongest terms, and conveying his deepest condolences to the families of the victims. He called on the Libyan government to make every effort to quickly identify the perpetrators of the attack and bring them to justice.

Since the fall of Gaddafis regime in 2011, the political situation in Libya has continued to be turbulent. In April this year, the eastern armed Libyan National Army led by Haftar marched into Tripoli, the capital, to engage with the Government of National Unity led by Salazar, which has so far forced more than 100,000 people around Tripoli to be displaced. The United Nations is working hard to mediate and bring the two sides back to the political track.

Previously, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) issued an appeal to both sides to implement a humanitarian ceasefire during the upcoming Eid al-Adha, an important Islamic festival, and received the response of the Government of National Unity and the National Army successively.

Following the bombing, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya condemned the attack in the strongest terms in its statement of the day. The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Libya, Salamay, confirmed the news of the casualties of United Nations staff with deep sorrow.

Salamay said, The attack will not affect the confidence of the Mission, nor will it prevent the Mission from continuing to fulfil its responsibilities and bring peace, stability and prosperity to Libyas country and people. He stressed that the blood of United Nations Libyan and international staff who fought side by side with Libyans in order to give them a better future would not be wasted.

An emergency meeting of the Security Council

Joanna Wronecka, Permanent Representative of Poland to the United Nations, President of the Security Council this month, on behalf of the 15 members of the Council, condemned in the strongest possible terms the horrible, deadly and totally unacceptable attack.

On behalf of the members of the Security Council, Voneka extended her deepest condolences to the families of the victims. She said: These brave and fearless staff are working under the authority given by the Security Council to build a safer future for the people of Libya. We will remember their greatest sacrifice for the cause of peace.

All members of the Council subsequently observed silence in memory of the United Nations staff members who were tragically killed today.

Tripoli, Libyas capital, devastated by war

The United Nations has no intention of withdrawing from Libya

Keita stressed: The United Nations has no intention of withdrawing from Libya. In the foreseeable future, we will still stand with the Libyan people.

She said that in the current conflict situation, terrorism can not be effectively combated, the tragedy of illegal immigrants can not be adequately dealt with, Libyas huge economic potential can not be brought into play, the people can not benefit from it, and Libya can not become a force to promote stability in the region, or even in the wider scope.

Former Speech Hall of Libyas Tripoli Parliament

The Eid al-Adha cease-fire is the first step back to the political process

Keita said there was also positive news in Libya that the Government of National Unity led by Salazar and the National Army led by Haftar had agreed to the request made by the Secretary-Generals Special Envoy for Libya, Salamay, on 29 July, to implement a ceasefire during Eid al-Adha.

Keita pointed out that he hoped that both sides will abide by the promises made in public with sincerity and goodwill. The senseless and absurd violence must stop.

Before the end of the Eid al-Adha ceasefire, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya had done a lot of work to build mutual trust between the two sides. A series of humanitarian measures, including the exchange of prisoners of war, the exchange of remains of combatants, visits to prisoners of war or telephone contacts, are proposed to rebuild contacts, ease tensions and promote the implementation of the ceasefire agreement.

Keita said that the ceasefire was the first step to return to the political process, and she called on all parties to seize the opportunity to consolidate and strengthen the ceasefire through the above-mentioned important confidence-building measures, and in accordance with Special Envoy Salamays proposal to hold international conferences, to rededicate their efforts from conflict to peace and Diplomatic transition efforts, and subsequently held by the Libyan people participated in the national conference.

Children are the biggest victims of the conflict in Libya

The Libyan conflict exacerbates inter-ethnic violence in the country

Keita pointed out that the current war situation and political polarization in Libya have further aggravated the long-standing ethnic conflict between Tebu and Ahali in the southern region. On August 4, the National Army launched three rounds of air strikes against the Taboo armed forces, resulting in nearly 45 deaths.

The absence of state institutions leads to the lack of basic services, almost no government management, no fair and impartial law enforcement force, and no hope for the future. She stressed that ethnic violence in Melzug must not spread to other parts of Libya.

To this end, the United Nations is providing emergency food, shelter and medicines and other humanitarian assistance to the province and opening safe evacuation routes for the wounded. She also requests the strong support of the Security Council to ensure that the ceasefire agreement can be implemented in areas under the explicit control of no faction.

In July, Siham Sergawa, a Libyan parliamentarian, was kidnapped at her home in Benghazi, and so far there has been no news. Special Envoy Salamay and many member states are closely following the progress of the incident.

Keita pointed out that the kidnapping of a female legislator constituted an unacceptable serious crime against women, which would seriously affect the prospects of womens political participation in Libya. She thanked Member States for their close attention to the incident and once again urged the Government of Benghazi to fulfil its responsibility to identify the perpetrators of this ignominious crime as soon as possible.

Source of this article: Xun Jianguo_NN7379, responsible editor of the New Beijing Newspaper