Libya – Appointment of the new special representative of the UN secretary-general (20 June 2017)
Excerpt from the daily press briefing by Alexandre Giorgini, French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs deputy spokesman (Paris, June 26, 2017)
France welcomes the decision by the UN secretary-general to appoint Ghassan Salamé as Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).
We will lend him our full support in his efforts to promote dialogue between Libyan parties and to strengthen the political process conducted under UN auspices, as well as to ensure that diplomatic initiatives are consistent. We would also like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the action of his predecessor, Martin Kobler, who is concluding his mission and who played a key role as head of UNSMIL.
The only way to ensure the country’s lasting stabilization and achieve its reconstruction is through a political solution involving all Libyan actors. This process, based on the inter-Libyan political agreement, is the only way to effectively combat terrorism and organized crime. France calls on all Libyan parties to recommit to it.
In this context, France is attached to the full implementation of the resolutions adopted by the Security Council and to respect for the mechanisms that it adopted, notably in order to ensure compliance with the arms embargo and to effectively combat illicit oil exports.