Morocco to UNSC: Situation in Libya ‘disappointing’ and ‘concerning’

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Rabat, (MAEC) – The Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Residing Abroad, Mr. Nasser Bourita, said Wednesday to the UN Security Council three messages expressing “concern , disappointment and call for mobilization “of the Kingdom of Morocco in the face of the continuing deterioration of the situation in Libya.

Speaking at a virtual meeting of the Security Council on Libya, held at the level of foreign ministers, Mr. Bourita stressed that Morocco expresses a message of concern given that the situation in this country is constantly deteriorating, on the political, security, economic and humanitarian levels, and that the coronavirus pandemic “has not helped anything”.

A message of disappointment, continued the Minister, in the sense that the good wills of the international community are there, “but its political will remains to be found”. “There is a need to be realistic and pragmatic in dealing with the situation. The proliferation of initiatives has the opposite effect,” stressed the Minister.

“Libya is not a diplomatic business,” he said at the meeting, which was attended by around 30 foreign ministers, deploring the fact that foreign interventions do not serve the interests of the Libya and do not help the Libyan protagonists to transcend their particular interests to rise to the common interest of all Libyans. ”

A call to mobilization, explained Mr. Bourita, in the sense that the international consensus must be translated into strong and concrete actions.

“The solution must be political, not military,” he insisted, adding that this solution must come from the Libyans themselves, and must guarantee the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Libya.

“The Skhirat Agreement is not perfect. But no valid alternative is on the table. Its provisions must be adjusted and updated, by the Libyan brothers,” said the minister.

He also considered that the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) remains an important instrument, which should be strengthened and restructured.

Referring to the situation in the country, Mr. Bourita noted that in the space of a year, 2,356 people died in Libya, including 400 civilians.

On the humanitarian front, the Minister added that the number of displaced persons and refugees continues to increase, adding that Libya has more than 400,000 internally displaced persons and nearly 50,000 refugees and asylum seekers.

At the economic level, the decline in GDP growth is estimated at 58.7% in 2020 in the country, and the increase in the inflation rate is forecast at 22%, noted the minister, who also stressed that the The security situation is alarming, with the presence on the ground of uncontrolled armed groups, militias and terrorist actors.

“Libya is not only a neighbor of Morocco. It is a brother country with which we share a common history, common ties, interests and a common destiny,” said Bourita.

“For us, Libya is not just a diplomatic issue. Our stability and security depend on the situation in Libya,” concluded the Minister.

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