France and Germany: UNSC is Unable to Act in the Libyan Crisis – Al Marsad

France and Germany said that persistent disagreements in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) make it impossible act in the Libyan crisis, noting that these differences hinder the appointment of a new UN envoy to succeed Ghassan Salamé.

(Libya, 3 May 2020) – According to the Turkish Anadolu Agency (AA), this was part of a joint press videoconference held by the permanent representatives of the two countries to the United Nations, French Ambassador Nicolas de Riviere and his counterpart the German Ambassador Christoph Heusgen, yesterday, on the occasion of their countries taking over the presidency of the UNSC for June and July, respectively.

The French UN ambassador said at the videoconference that the UNSC is unable to act because of differences among Member States on ways to address the Libyan crisis. “Saying there is a deficit in the UNSC is not new because we have seen that in its previous positions, for example, to the Syrian crisis in 2011, and currently on Yemen.”

Riviere also revealed that the process of finding a new UN envoy to Libya to succeed Ghassan Salamé came to a halt: “The process of appointing a new envoy to Libya to succeed Salamé was stalled after one a UNSC Member State (he did not mention) objected to the first candidate proposed by the Secretary-General and then the representatives of Member States disagreed on the second candidate.”

The German UN ambassador asserted full agreement with his French counterpart.

The ambassadors did not reveal the names of the two candidates for the succession of Salamé and expressed their hope that the UNSC would be able to find an alternative person who would take over the international mission as soon as possible.

© Al Marsad English (2020)


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