I thank the French Presidency for convening this important meeting and thank H.E. Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of the French Republic, for presiding over it.
I welcome the presence of His Excellency, Prime Minister of the Government of National Unity of Libya and other distinguished Ministers and representatives in this meeting.
I also thank Special Envoy Ján Kubiš for his comprehensive briefing.
After nearly a decade, Libya is on the cusp of achieving long term peace and stability. Viet Nam warmly welcomes the positive developments on the political and security tracks in the country since the beginning of this year. This momentum must be maintained and the current challenges need to be addressed in a comprehensive manner. In this regard, I wish to highlight three following points:
First, on the political track, we call on the relevant parties in Libya to resolve outstanding differences and expedite all necessary legal and logistical arrangements, in order to ensure that national elections are conducted in line with the agreed roadmap. We also underline the importance of ensuring full, equal and meaningful participation of women in this process.
We commend Germany for convening the Second Berlin Conference on Libya on 23 June 2021 and the commitments made by its participants on supporting the peace process in Libya. Further cooperation between UNSMIL, regional organizations, neighbouring countries and other international partners will remain vital in supporting the Libyan peace process at this critical juncture.
The international community should also foster and support dialogue, confidence building measures and reconciliation efforts among the relevant parties.
Second, on the security track, it is imperative for all relevant parties to fully implement the provisions of the October 2020 Ceasefire Agreement. This must also go in line with upholding the arms embargo in line with relevant Security Council resolutions on Libya. The improvement of the security situation in the country will provide a conducive environment for the upcoming elections and the path beyond toward sustainable peace.
We look forward to hearing about further work of UNSMIL in supporting the Libyan-led and Libyan-owned ceasefire monitoring mechanism, as outlined in Resolution 2570.
We reiterate our support for the withdrawal of all foreign forces and mercenaries from the territory of Libya, in line with the Ceasefire Agreement and Resolution 2570. This process must be carried out in a timely, orderly and comprehensive manner and shall not translate into instability of neighbouring states and the region.
We also wish to see further cooperation between the UN and regional organizations in the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of armed combatants related to Libya.
Third, on the economic and humanitarian track, we commend the current efforts to facilitate the unification of Libya's economic and financial institutions and wish to see further progress in this regard.
While the fighting has stopped, humanitarian challenges still remain. We call on international partners to continue to provide support, especially to vulnerable groups such as women, children and migrants in Libya in addressing their needs and challenges. We welcome the efforts of the UN and other partners in supporting the COVID-19 vaccination process in Libya and wish to see further assistance to the country in this connection.
In addition, Viet Nam commends the efforts to clear the coastal roadsin Libya of mines and explosive remnants of war, with support of the UN Mine Action Service. We call for further efforts in risk mitigation to protect civilians from explosive remnants of war.
To conclude, Viet Nam reiterates our consistent support for the Libyan-led and Libyan-owned peace process. It is our sincere hope that the people of Libya will soon achieve both sustainable peace and sustainable development for all Libyans.
I thank you, Mr. President./.