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  • Conflict Prevention: Adoption of Security Council Resolution 2171 (2014) Statement 21/08/2014

    The Security Council unanimously adopted Security Council Resolution 2171 (2014):

    The Security Council,

    Recalling all its previous resolutions and statements of its President on prevention of armed conflict, preventive diplomacy, mediation and peaceful settlement of disputes, in particular resolutions 1366 (2001) and 1625 (2005) , and the statements of its President of 22 February 1995 ( S/PRST/1995/9 ), 30 November 1999 ( S/PRST/1999/34 ), 20 July 2000 ( S/PRST/2000/25 ), 13 May 2003 ( S/PRST/2003/5 ), 20 September 2005 ( S/PRST/2005/42 ), 21 April 2009 ( S/PRST/2009/8 ), 22 September 2011 ( S/PRST/2011/18 ), 15 April 2013 ( S/PRST/2013/4 ),

    Recalling the determination of the peoples of the United Nations, to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war and to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights,

    Recalling all Purposes and Principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations,

    Recalling the primary responsibility of the Security Council for the maintenance of international peace and security and acting in accordance with the Purposes and Principles of the Charter of the United Nations, [...]

  • Débat public du Conseil de sécurité sur la Prévention des conflits Statement 21/08/2014

    Intervention de M. Jacques Flies, Conseiller à la Mission permanente du Luxembourg auprès des Nations Unies: 

    "Monsieur le Président,

    Je remercie le Secrétaire général pour sa présentation. Permettez-moi également de saisir cette occasion pour remercier très chaleureusement la Haut-Commissaire aux droits de l’homme, Madame Navi Pillay, pour ce qui aura, sans doute, été sa dernière intervention devant le Conseil de sécurité.

    Je souscris à l’intervention qui sera faite ultérieurement par le Représentant de l’Union européenne.

    Nous avons été témoins durant les mois écoulés de conflits les uns plus meurtriers que les autres. Devant tant de vies humaines annihilées, devant tant de détresses et de souffrances, on est en droit de se demander si la promesse solennelle qui a accompagné la fondation des Nations Unies a été tenue. Certes, les générations successives ont été épargnées du fléau d’une guerre à échelle mondiale, mais non pas des conflits nombreux qui en maints endroits du monde continuent de détruire la vie de centaines de milliers voire de millions d’hommes, de femmes et d’enfants.[...]"

  • Séance d’information publique du Conseil de sécurité sur la protection des civils en période de conflit armé Statement 20/08/2014

    Intervention de S.E. Mme Sylvie Lucas, Ambassadeur, Représentant permanent du Luxembourg :

    "Monsieur le Président,

    Permettez-moi tout d’abord de remercier la délégation du Royaume-Uni d’avoir organisé cette séance d’information sur la protection des travailleurs humanitaires en temps de conflit armé. Je voudrais également remercier les intervenants pour leurs présentations. La situation qu’ils décrivent doit nous interpeller. Alors que les besoins ne cessent d’augmenter, le déploiement des acteurs humanitaires est de plus en plus entravé par des menaces à l’encontre de leur sécurité.

    Les chiffres parlent d’eux-mêmes : l’année 2013 a représenté un nouveau pic avec 251 attaques et 155 travailleurs humanitaires tués. Il s’agit là du nombre de victimes le plus élevé des dix dernières années. Les premières indications pour l’année 2014 ne dénotent hélas aucune amélioration : alors que plusieurs mois nous séparent encore de la fin de l’année, le nombre de travailleurs humanitaires tués dépasse déjà, comme le Vice-Secrétaire général vient de le relever, celui de décès violents enregistrés en 2012.

    La responsabilité première de la protection des travailleurs humanitaires incombe au pays-hôte. Or, très souvent, dans des situations de conflit, les autorités n’ont ni les moyens, ni la volonté de remplir ce rôle. Vient s’ajouter à cela la prolifération des groupes armés non-étatiques. [...]"

  • Security Council Press Statement on Mali Statement 18/08/2014

    The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the suicide attack in Ber, Mali, on 16 August 2014, in which two Burkinabe peacekeepers of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) were killed and seven other peacekeepers were injured.

    The members of the Security Council expressed their condolences to the families of the peacekeepers killed, as well as to the Government and people of Burkina Faso, and to MINUSMA.

    The members of the Security Council reiterated their full support to MINUSMA and French forces that support it. The members of the Security Council called on the Government of Mali to swiftly investigate this attack and bring the perpetrators to justice and stressed that those responsible for the attack shall be held accountable. [...]

  • Terrorism/ISIL: Adoption of Security Council Resolution 2170 (2014) Statement 15/08/2014

    The Security Council unanimously adopted Security Council Resolution 2170:

    The Security Council,

    Reaffirming its resolutions 1267 (1999) , 1373 (2001) , 1618 (2005) , 1624 (2005) , 2083 (2012) 2129 (2013) , 2133 (2014) , 2161 (2014) , and its relevant Presidential Statements,

    Reaffirming the independence, sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of the Republic of Iraq and Syrian Arab Republic, and reaffirming further the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations,

    Reaffirming that terrorism in all forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable regardless of their motivations, whenever and by whomsoever committed,

    Expressing its gravest concern that territory in parts of Iraq and Syria is under the control of Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Al Nusrah Front (ANF) and about the negative impact of their presence, violent extremist ideology and actions on stability in Iraq, Syria and the region, including the devastating humanitarian impact on the civilian populations which has led to the displacement of millions of people, and about their acts of violence that foment sectarian tensions,

    Reiterating its condemnation of ISIL, ANF and all other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with Al Qaida for ongoing and multiple criminal terrorist acts aimed at causing the deaths of civilians and other victims, destruction of property and of cultural and religious sites, and greatly undermining stability, and recalling that the asset freeze, travel ban and arms embargo requirements in paragraph 1 of resolution 2161 (2014) apply to ISIL, ANF, and all other individuals, groups, undertakings, and entities associated with Al-Qaida, [...]

  • Security Council Press Statement on Iraq Statement 13/08/2014

    The Members of the Security Council welcome the decision of Iraqi President Fuad Masum to nominate a new Prime Minister as an important step toward the formation of an inclusive Government that represents all segments of the Iraqi population and that contributes to finding a viable and sustainable solution to the country’s current challenges. The Members of the Security Council urge Haider al-Abadi to work swiftly to form such a Government as quickly as possible and within the constitutional time-frame.

    The Members of the Security Council urge all political parties and their supporters to remain calm and respect the political process governed by the Constitution.

    The Members of the Security Council reiterate their support for Iraq’s democratic process and their support for the Iraq people in their fight against terrorism, in particular against ISIL.

  • Séance d’information publique du Conseil de sécurité sur l’Ukraine Statement 08/08/2014

    Intervention de S.E. Mme Sylvie Lucas, Ambassadeur, Représentant permanent du Luxembourg :

    "Monsieur le Président,

    Je remercie à mon tour le Sous-Secrétaire général Ivan Šimonović pour son exposé très complet sur la situation des droits de l’homme en Ukraine.  

    Le Luxembourg partage l’extrême inquiétude du Haut-Commissaire des Nations Unies aux droits de l’homme devant l’effondrement de l’Etat de droit et l’aggravation de la violence dans les zones contrôlées par les groupes armés séparatistes dans l’est de l’Ukraine. Le rapport basé sur le travail minutieux de la Mission d’observation des droits de l’homme des Nations Unies met en lumière la gravité et la multiplicité des violations des droits de l’homme commises par ces groupes armés.

    Le recours systématique à l’intimidation, aux enlèvements, aux disparitions forcées, au recrutement et aux travaux forcés, aux détentions arbitraires, à la torture, aux exécutions, aux assassinats et à la destruction des infrastructures civiles sème la terreur parmi la population. Les victimes de ces actes ignobles ne sont pas seulement ceux qui s’opposent ouvertement aux séparatistes, mais aussi des citoyens ordinaires, des enseignants, des journalistes, des étudiants, des femmes et des enfants. Ces violations graves des droits de l’homme doivent cesser. Ceux qui les ont commises doivent être traduits en justice pour rendre compte de leurs actes. [...]"

  • Security Council Presidential Statement on South Sudan Statement 08/08/2014

    The Security Council expresses grave alarm and concern regarding the substantial deterioration of the political and security situation and developing humanitarian catastrophe in South Sudan resulting from the internal Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) political dispute and unrelenting violence, including against civilians, caused by the country’s political and military leaders since December 15, 2013. 

    The Security Council strongly condemns the repeated violations of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement accepted and signed by the Republic of South Sudan and the SPLM/A (in Opposition) on January 23, 2014, and emphasizes that the actions of President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar in continuing to pursue a military solution to this conflict are unacceptable.  

    The Security Council urgently calls upon President Salva Kiir, former Vice President Riek Machar and all parties to implement the Agreement to Resolve the Crisis in South Sudan signed on May 9, 2014 by the Republic of South Sudan and the SPLM/A (in Opposition), to engage fully and inclusively in ongoing peace talks in Addis Ababa, and uphold their commitment to establish a Transitional Government of National Unity for which the deadline was set as August 10, 2014, and in this regard, strongly appeals to the parties to finalize appropriate arrangements without further delay, and expresses its readiness to consider, in consultation with relevant partners, including IGAD and the African Union, all appropriate measures, including targeted sanctions, against those who take action that undermines the peace, stability, and security of South Sudan, including those who prevent the implementation of these agreements. [...]

  • Security Council Press Statement on Iraq Statement 08/08/2014

    The members of the Security Council condemn the attacks in Iraq’s Ninewa Province, including Sinjar and Tal Afar, by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and again express their deep outrage about the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis — many of them from vulnerable minority communities, especially Yezidis and Christians — displaced by ISIL’s attacks and in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.  The members of the Security Council condemn in the strongest terms the systematic persecution of individuals from minority populations and those who refuse the extremist ideology of ISIL and associated armed groups.

    The members of the Security Council reiterate that widespread or systematic attacks directed against any civilian populations because of their ethnic background, political grounds, religion or belief may constitute a crime against humanity, for which those responsible must be held accountable.  All parties, including ISIL and associated armed groups, must abide by international humanitarian law, including the obligation to protect the civilian population.  The members of the Security Council also urge all parties to stop human rights violations and abuses, ensure humanitarian access, and facilitate the delivery of assistance to those fleeing violence.[...]

  • Débat du Conseil de sécurité sur la République démocratique du Congo Statement 07/08/2014

    Intervention de S.E. Mme Sylvie Lucas, Ambassadeur, Représentant permanent du Luxembourg :

    "Le Luxembourg salue les progrès réalisés dans le domaine sécuritaire suite à la défaite militaire du M23 et aux actions militaires conjointes menées depuis le début de l’année par la MONUSCO et les FARDC, en particulier contre les ADF. L’action robuste déployée par la Mission de l’ONU pour mieux protéger les civils mérite d’être soulignée. Il importe maintenant que des progrès soient réalisés également en matière de rétablissement de l’autorité de l’État dans l’est du pays. C’est impératif pour assurer la fourniture des services de base à la population, et pour amorcer une reprise économique permettant d’offrir des perspectives tangibles, notamment aux jeunes Congolais.

    En même temps, nous encourageons les autorités de la RDC à redoubler d’efforts, en collaboration avec l’Ouganda et le Rwanda, pour mettre en œuvre le programme de DDR des membres du M23. Non seulement le succès de ce programme empêchera ces membres de reprendre la lutte armée, mais il incitera aussi des membres d’autres groupes armés à déposer les armes et à réintégrer la vie civile.

    Le désarmement volontaire des FDLR, qui a débuté le 30 mai dernier, doit être mené à son terme sans conditions préalables et selon un échéancier précis. A cet effet, il est crucial que les autorités de la RDC poursuivent leur engagement, avec le soutien de la MONUSCO, et que la Conférence internationale sur la région des Grands Lacs et la SADC continuent d’appuyer le processus. Si les résultats escomptés ne sont pas au rendez-vous, l’option militaire pour neutraliser les FDLR doit rester sur la table. Comme le RSSG Kobler l’a dit, il est temps de mettre fin aux FDLR une fois pour toutes. [...]"

  • Security Council Press Statement on South Sudan Statement 06/08/2014

    The members of the Security Council expressed their outrage at the recent attacks by armed groups in South Sudan that have purposefully targeted civilians and humanitarian personnel, in particular following clashes between a community-based self-defense militia calling itself the Mabanese Defense Forces and deserting Sudan’s Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers, which commenced on 3 August in Maban County in Upper Nile State, and resulted in the death of at least six humanitarian aid workers and reported systematic targeting of civilians based on their ethnicity.

    The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms these acts and underscored that attacks on civilians, and humanitarian personnel, may constitute war crimes.  The members of the Security Council extended their condolences to the families and humanitarian organizations of those injured and killed in these attacks.

    The members of the Security Council strongly reiterated their demand for an immediate end to all human rights violations and abuses and violations of International Humanitarian Law.  They also renewed their call upon the Government of South Sudan to immediately take steps to ensure the safety of all civilians, to swiftly investigate these incidents, and to effectively bring the perpetrators of these heinous acts to justice, and to fully respect international human rights law and international humanitarian law.[...]

  • Elements to the press read out by the President of the Security Council after the 6 August 2014 consultations on Burundi Statement 06/08/2014

    "The members of the Security Council are closely following the situation in Burundi and will continue to monitor developments.

    The members of the Security Council take note of the progressive transfer of responsibilities from BNUB to the United Nations Country team.  They however request BNUB to continue its work until the last day of its mandate, which expires on 31 December 2014.

    The members of the Security Council positively take note of the commitment made by the Government of Burundi to ensure the holding of free and peaceful elections and broader participation of the political opposition, and women.[...]"

  • Séance d’information publique du Conseil de sécurité sur la situation humanitaire en Ukraine Statement 05/08/2014

    Intervention de S.E. Mme Sylvie Lucas, Représentant permanent du Luxembourg :

    "Monsieur le Président,

    Je remercie à mon tour le Directeur des opérations du Bureau des Nations Unies pour la coordination des Affaires humanitaires (OCHA) pour son exposé.

    Le Luxembourg partage la préoccupation d’OCHA sur la détérioration de la situation humanitaire et l’augmentation de la violence dans les régions de Donetsk et de Louhansk contrôlées par les séparatistes. Alors que les groupes armés illégaux et leurs soutiens extérieurs continuent de déstabiliser le pays et d’attenter à sa souveraineté et à son intégrité territoriale, les premières victimes en sont, une nouvelle fois, les populations civiles. Les chiffres que vous venez de mentionner, Monsieur Ging, parlent d’eux-mêmes.

    Nous sommes également des plus préoccupés par le nombre de cas d’intimidations, de torture, d’enlèvements et d’assassinats répertoriés depuis un peu plus de quatre mois dans les zones contrôlées par les séparatistes. [...]"

  • Security Council Press Statement on Iraq Statement 05/08/2014

    The members of the Security Council condemn the attacks on Sinjar and Tal Afar in Iraq’s Ninewa province by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and express their deep concern about the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis – many of them from vulnerable minority communities, especially Yezidis – displaced by ISIL’s attacks and in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.  The members of the Security Council note that these minority communities have lived for hundreds of years in Sinjar and elsewhere in Ninewa Province.  Many of these Iraqis have been displaced or forced to flee and seek refuge, while many others have been executed and kidnapped.

    The members of the Security Council condemn in the strongest terms the systematic persecution of individuals from minority populations, including Christians, and those who refuse the extremist ideology of ISIL and associated armed groups.  The members of the Security Council call upon all of Iraq’s communities to unite to respond, with the support of the international community, to this violent and senseless threat to Iraq’s unity, identity and future. 

    The members of the Security Council note that the large-scale offensive carried out by ISIL in Iraq and Syria has a trans-border nature and affirm that ISIL poses a threat not only to these countries but to regional peace, security, and stability. [...]

  • Security Council Press Statement on Lebanon Statement 04/08/214

    The members of the Security Council condemned the attacks by violent extremist groups against the Lebanese Armed Forces and Internal Security Forces  in the area of Arsal, Lebanon, beginning on August 2, 2014, which led to at least 14 deaths, 86 injured, and 22 missing among the Lebanese security forces, in addition to civilian casualties. They extended their condolences to the families of the victims as well as to the Government of Lebanon.
    The members of the Security Council expressed support for the efforts of the Lebanese Armed Forces and the Internal Security Forces in their fight against terrorism and in preventing attempts to undermine the stability of Lebanon and they reiterated the need to further efforts to build up the capabilities of the Lebanese security forces to counter terrorism and address other security challenges.  

    The members of the Security Council reiterated their full support for the Government of Lebanon to discharge its duties during this interim period in accordance with the constitution, until the election of the new president. They also urged the Parliament to uphold Lebanon’s long standing democratic tradition and to work to ensure that Presidential elections take place without further delay. [...]

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