Mr.Nasser Bourita 's Three Messages to UNSC on Libya: Concern, Disappointment and Call for Mobilization
Speaking during a virtual meeting by the UNSC on Libya, held at the level of foreign ministers, Mr. Bourita underlined that Morocco expresses a message of concern since the political, military, economic and humanitarian situations have worsened further in Libya, while everyone was busy attempting to overcome the pandemic challenges. The coronavirus did not make the situation any better. A message of disappointment, the minister went on, given that international goodwill is unquestionable, but international political will is yet to be found. "Let us be realistic and pragmatic in addressing the situation. The proliferation of initiatives have the opposite effect", he said.
Libya should not be regarded as a lucrative diplomatic business – a fonds de commerce diplomatique-, he said at the meeting marked by the participation of around thirty foreign ministers, deploring that foreign intervention is not helping in any way the Libyan parties to rise above narrow interests and to face the challenge of forging together a better future for Libya.
A call for mobilization as there is a consensus within the International community that should be translated into practical and concrete terms, Mr. Bourita explained. The solution must be political not a military one, he insisted, adding that this solution that must come from the Libyans themselves and must guarantee the unity, territorial integrity and national sovereignty of Libya.
The Political Agreement signed in Skhirat may not be the perfect deal. However, no equal alternative is on the table. Its provisions need to be adjusted and updated by the Libyan brothers, the minister underlined.
He also deemed that the UNMSIL is an important instrument, but it can be further improved, enhaced and restructured.
Recalling the situation in the country, Mr. Bourita noted that in one year, 2,356 people have died in Libya, including 400 civilians.
On a humanitarian level, the number of displaced persons and refugees continues to rise, he said, 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 the GDP growth is estimated at 58.7% in 2020. The increase in the inflation rate is forecast at 22%, said the minister, who noted that 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 to Morocco. It is a brotherly country with which we share a common history, common bonds, common interests, and a common destiny," Mr. Bourita affirmed. "For us, Libya is not just a diplomatic issue. Our stability and our security are depending on the situation in Libya," he concluded.
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