Source: UK Government
Statement from the governments of France, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States:
The governments of France, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States of America welcome the announcement of a truce in Libya on the occasion of Eid el-Adha in response to the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General with the support of the Security Council, and invite all parties to effectively cease hostilities across Libya. We stand ready to assist the UN Mission in monitoring the observance of the truce and address any attempt to break it.
As proposed by the SRSG and reaffirmed yesterday by the Security Council, this truce should be accompanied by confidence-building measures between the parties that can pave the way for a sustainable ceasefire and a return to a constructive, inclusive dialogue.
We recall the obligation under international law for all UN Member States to abide by the arms embargo, in line with all relevant UN Security Council Resolutions.
We call on all parties to start working without delay on a ceasefire agreement and resume efforts, under the auspices of the Special Representative of the United Nations, to build a lasting political solution, based the principles agreed upon in Paris, Palermo and Abu Dhabi.
We reaffirm their strong commitment to a quick and peaceful resolution of the Libyan crisis. We reiterate that there can be no military option in Libya and we urge all parties to protect civilians, safeguard Libya’s oil resources and protect its infrastructure.
We condemn in the strongest terms the attack that targeted a UN convoy in Benghazi on Saturday. The circumstances of this vicious act must be established without delay and those who were behind it must be identified and held accountable. We reiterate our full support to the essential work of the UN Mission in Libya.
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