Security Council: Explanation of vote on Libya Sanctions Resolution

Statement by Karel J.G. van Oosterom,
Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations in New York

New York, 5 November 2018

Thank you very much, Mr. President,

First of all, let me take this opportunity to thank the United Kingdom for their diligent efforts in coordinating the drafting of this resolution.

In our opinion, the Libya sanctions regime is a crucial element of this Council’s efforts to support peace and stability in Libya. We welcome that this resolution extends this regime, including the mandate of the Panel of Experts, with another 15 months.

We welcome in particular the addition of a new sanctions criterion for sexual and gender based violence, a proposal by Sweden and by us. Sexual and gender-based violence, particularly against migrants, constitutes an increasingly worrying problem in Libya and it requires a strong response.

The issue of sexual violence in Libya is directly connected to the issues of peace and security in Libya we are discussing here today.

The addition of this designation criterion is an important step towards addressing this issue.

The need for this was also underlined by many during the Arria meeting on this issue on 22 October, not only in regard to Libya, but across the Council’s sanctions regimes and beyond.

Mr. President, this year the Committee put sanctions in place against seven specific individuals. Six of them concerned the first ever sanctions against human traffickers. These sanctions were proposed by the Kingdom of the Netherlands and partners in and outside this Council. 

Implementation of these and all sanctions is key. We therefore draw the attention of all Member States to the Council’s call in this resolution to implement the travel ban and asset freeze measures against these individuals and to report to the Committee on steps they have taken.

Thank you very much, Mr. President.

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