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Friday, February 20, 2015

UK draft statement on Libya

The members of the Security Council expressed their deep concern at the situation in Libya. They reiterated their condemnation of recent terrorist attacks in Libya, including the heinous killing of 21 Coptic Christians by an affiliate of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh). 
The members of the Security Council reaffirmed their full support for Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Bernardino León, and urged all parties in Libya to engage constructively with his efforts to facilitate a political solution to the increasing challenges facing the country.
The members of the Security Council underscored that the urgency of the terrorism threat and the continuing political and security crisis called for a swift agreement on the formation of a national unity government, based on clear timelines. 
The members of the Security Council commended those parties that have so far participated in the UN-facilitated talks and strongly encouraged all parties to seize this opportunity to join the UN process in the coming days in a constructive spirit of reconciliation.
The members of the Security Council reaffirmed their readiness to consider sanctions under resolution 2174 (2014) against those who seek to impede this process and undermine Libya’s democratic transition.

The members of the Security Council reiterated that there is no military solution to the political crisis in Libya, and they reiterated their call for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire that is respected and upheld by all parties in Libya.
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