Estonia fully supporting UN reconciliation activities in Libya

  • 2020-01-10
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - At a lunch with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York on Thursday, UN Security Council members discussed the situation in Libya, and Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu expressed full support to reconciliation activities in the region.

The minister expressed concern with regard to recent violent incidents and condemned the attack on a military academy in the Libyan capital on Jan. 4.

Reinsalu said that Estonia fully supports the UN-led political process in Libya and the work of Special Representative of the UN secretary general in Libya Ghassan Salame in this context.

"There can be no military resolution to this conflict, we need to move towards an immediate ceasefire," he said.

"The situation is further complicated by participation of external actors. Violations of the arms embargo must end immediately," Reinsalu noted.

It is Estonia's position that what is required is the full and united support by the international community and all members of the Security Council to the work led by the UN in Libya. Also crucial is the German-led Berlin process aimed at supporting the work of the UN special representative and helping parties to the conflict in Libya return to political negotiations.