NEW YORK-Algeria’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) Sofiane Mimouni urged the UN Security Council to fully engage in the search for an inclusive political solution in Libya under “a genuine multilateral action” against this country, which has been plagued by violence since 2011.
Speaking at virtual informal consultations with Libya’s neighbouring countries and other concerned countries, held Tuesday by the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee on Libya, Mimouni deplored “the inertia” of the Security Council in the face of the “recurrent violations” of its resolutions, notably the one relating to arms embargo.
On this occasion, Ambassador Mimouni called the UN executive body to “cease foreign interference and revive the political process.”
He also warned against the major impact of the situation in Libya on neighbouring countries.
In this regard, the diplomat said that sanctions “should not be an end in itself but should be rather considered as an essential tool to back the political process. Therefore, they should be fully implemented at the risk of losing all meaning and credibility.”
In the same vein, the representative of Algeria focused on the main thrusts of Algeria’s approach on the situation in Libya.
The first thrust is based on a principle; “there can be no military solution in Libya and this should not be just a slogan,” said Mimouni who stressed the urgent need to “act in a decisive way in order to ensure a sustainable ceasefire and reopen dialogue between the Libyan parties.”
Algeria is committed with all Libyan actors, neighbouring countries and concerned partners to avoid a military escalation in Libya, recalled the Algerian diplomat.
The second thrust relates to the duty of “all relevant stakeholders to reaffirm once again their commitment to the conclusions of the Berlin Conference and to refrain from fuelling division and bloodshed in Libya.”
In this regard, Ambassador Sofiane Mimouni reiterated Algeria’s “firm” commitment to the conclusions of the Berlin Conference and its determination to continue its engagement within the International Follow-up Committee in order to ensure a favourable environment for the Libyan political process.
Thirdly, the diplomat stressed “the paramount importance of the centrality of an inclusive approach that would lead to an inclusive political solution defined by the Libyans and for the Libyans”.
“It is up to the Libyans to bring peace to their country and to rebuild strong and unified institutions without foreign interference, be it political or military,” he insisted.
Mimouni also assured that Algeria, as a neighbouring country, “will always strive to preserve the legitimate rights of the Libyans and the stability of neighbouring countries and to act as part of the solution and not part of the problem.”
The fourth and last point is the need for “a strong international commitment to respect Libya’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and the right of its people to benefit from their natural resources.”
He considered that “there can be no West or East, no North or South. There is only one Libya and one Libyan people with legitimate aspirations for a peaceful future in a prosperous country.”
In line with Africa’s goal of silencing guns, the diplomat said that Algeria’s vision and its efforts “are in the context of full respect for the dignity of human life and its sanctity, which cannot suffer any more from political haggling.”
In the end, he called on the Security Council as well as the international community to “move away from narrow national agendas and promote concrete multilateral action in support of a political solution in Libya.”