Geneva / Information Office / June 18
The State of Qatar reiterated its support for the National Accord government in Libya and for the Skhirat Agreement and its outputs, and called on all Libyans to return to negotiations and national dialogue and complete the transitional period in a way that preserves Libya's sovereignty and territorial integrity and fulfills the aspirations of the Libyan people.
Qatar also expressed its full support for all efforts aimed at ending the conflict in Libya and moving forward towards building a state of institutions and protecting and promoting human rights, especially the efforts of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and the Acting Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).
This came in the statement of the State of Qatar, delivered by HE Qatar's Permanent Representative to the UN Office in Geneva Ambassador Ali Khalfan Al Mansouri, during the public debate on the report of the High Commissioner on the situation of human rights in Libya, within the work of the current 43 session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.
HE Al Mansouri pointed out to what was stated in the report of the High Commissioner on the human rights situation in Libya that the attack by militias led by retired Major General Haftar on the capital, Tripoli, prevented the convening of Libyan conference, and renewed the conflict and caused numerous violations and abuses. His Excellency expressed grave concern about the continued fighting and the resulting casualties and destruction.
His Excellency stressed the need for all the Libyan parties to be aware that there will be no winner, as it is a losing war that the Libyans are paying and it drains the country's resources, instead of harnessing them in rebuilding and achieving sustainable development.
His Excellency called on all parties to respect their obligations under international laws and agreements, to ensure the protection of civilians and civil facilities, stressing the importance of ensuring that all those responsible for crimes and human rights violations are held accountable.
His Excellency also expressed the confidence of the State of Qatar that the presence of Libya as a member state in the United Nations Human Rights Council will contribute to strengthening its capabilities to fulfill its obligations in this field.
HE Ambassador Al Mansouri called on the international community and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to continue to provide the necessary support and technical assistance in line with the needs that the Libyan government is requesting to enhance its capabilities to meet challenges, especially in light of the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.