Vietnam welcomes Libyan ceasefire agreement

Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, head of Vietnam’s mission to the UN, welcomed the long-term ceasefire agreement signed on October 23.

Boys walk through Benghazi Old Town in Libya. Photo: OCHA/Giles Clarke

Here's the statement by Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy Permanent Representative of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam at the Security Council Open VTC meeting under agenda item “The situation in Libya” on November 10.

Madam President,

I thank Ms. Fatou Bensouda for her briefing.

I welcome His Excellency, Ambassador Taher El-Sonni, Permanent Representative of Libya to this meeting.

We continue to follow closely the situation in Libya, which has witnessed significant progress in the past few weeks. Vietnam warmly welcomes the permanent ceasefire agreement signed by the five-plus-five Joint Military Commission on 23 October. Furthermore, we are pleased to see that the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum has launched in Tunisia yesterday. We commend the tireless efforts of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), regional countries and organizations and other international partners in promoting the peace talks. The recent positive developments have clearly demonstrated one thing: the Libyan-led and Libyan-owned political process is the only solution for long term peace in Libya.

In this connection, Vietnam wishes to stress the following points:

First, we call on the parties in Libya to fully uphold the permanent ceasefire agreement, respect international humanitarian law and allow unhindered humanitarian access to assist those in need. The international community, including the Security Council should support the parties in the implementation of the ceasefire agreement, as appropriate.   

Second, we urge the parties in Libya to continue to engage constructively in peace talks under the three political, security and economic tracks, in line with Resolution 2510 on the Berlin Conference on Libya. The substantive outcome of the three track dialogues will be the key to achieving sustainable peace and stability in Libya. It is also crucial for all sides inside and outside of Libya to fully uphold the arms embargo, in accordance with relevant Security Council Resolutions.

Third, Vietnam reiterates our consistent position that all perpetrators of crimes must be brought to justice, but the state has the primary responsibility for the implementation of international humanitarian law, the prevention and suppression of serious criminal acts, such as war crimes, crimes against humanity and the crime of aggression. The establishment of accountability for violations of international humanitarian law and serious criminal acts shall be conducted in accordance with the fundamental principles of international law, including the respect for state's independence and sovereignty.    

In this regard, Vietnam takes notes of the updated report of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), pursuant to Security Council Resolution 1970.

 I thank you, Madam President.