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Libyan Newswire


NEW YORK, Feb 19 — Libyan Foreign Minister Mohammed Al-Dairi called on the international community to preserve peace and security in Libya, more specifically because the situation is threatening neighboring countries, as it is also threatening Europe.

Addressing the Security Council, late on Wednesday, Al-Dairi reiterated “we can no longer remain silent in the face of terrorism.” The challenges facing the legitimate authorities of Libya are “enormous,” he said.

The armed terrorist groups announced to the world they have took over ports – of which Libya export oil from – as they have attacked several oil fields, to finance terrorism.

Libya, needs a decisive stand from the international community, to help built the national arms capacity, he said.

Of which, he added, this comes through lifting of the embargo on weapons so the army can receive material and weapons to deal with rampant terrorism.

The Libyan official told the Security Council that his country also need help to strengthen legal institutions so that they can deal with extremism and terrorism, in addition to the need of professional trained resources.
Therefore, Libya, is not calling for international intervention to deal with Ansar Al-Sharia and ISIL, he expressed, but called for Egypt to support the Libyan army in combating terrorism.

Via videoconference, the Head of UNSMIL and Special Representative of the Secretary General for Libya Bernardino Leon briefed the UN Security Council on the situation in Libya and expressed his condolences and sympathy to all the families of victims of terrorism and extremism.

Leon condemned in the strongest possible terms the horrific and brutal acts witnessed in Libya over the recent days and weeks and said that “No words can express my outrage and revulsion at the beheading of 21 men including 20 Egyptians.”

The savage terrorist acts, he said, highlighted once again the imminent danger confronting Libya, its people and the wider region.

Unless there is a swift agreement among the main parties on resolving the crisis and bringing an end to the military and political conflict, Leon said that IS has found fertile ground in the growing political instability, capitalizing on the weakness of state institutions and security sector.

On his part, the Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Hassan Shukry affirmed during his speech, that what is in-fact required in the meantime, is to adopt strong and genuine position as well as concrete measures to face the dangers posed by Da’esh who are only familiar with the language of violence and killing.

Shukry affirmed the need to lift the legal restrictions placed on the ability of the legitimate government of the Libyan national army to procure their defend needs – in order to may be able to confront terrorism.

Concrete measures, he said, is to be taken to prevent the acquisition of arms by all non state militias at entities through the imposition of a naval blockade on arms heading to areas of Libya outside the legitimate authorities.

Furthermore, he asked for the allowing of states wishing to assist the legitimate Libyan government in confronting terrorism and imposing security in light of the severe difficulties faced, yet he confirmed that this assistance should be in coordination with Libyan government and its approval.

Egypt has approved to respond to the needs of Libya, and has provided military assistance, he confirmed.

After the meeting, Shukry cleared to the press that “our resort to the Council is not to address the political difference between the various political entities existing in Libya, our intention is to address the threat of terrorism that is emanating, and has established itself on Libyan territory.”

The two issues should not be confused, he said, “we are supportive of the political dialogue that is under the auspices of the UN representative, and those efforts are highly needed at this stage, but do not have an impact on the situation in the presence of terrorist.”

International community should portray “resoluteness and commitment” as they are to Syria and Iraq, he voiced.

Speaking to the press, the Libyan Minister renewed his condolences to Egypt for the “horrendous act” that was perpetrated by IS, who’s presence is increasing by day in his country.

“I came to the Council today to draw the attention of the international community to the expand presence and rising challenges of IS, and its acts on our soil,” he said. The situation is worrisome indeed, he expressed.

He then said that he is looking forward for an increase and further engagement from the international community on Libya.

Jordan to circulate a draft resolution on Libya at the closed door meeting.