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  • Débat public du Conseil de sécurité sur la situation au Moyen-Orient, y compris la question palestinienne Statement 21/10/2014

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

    "Madame la Présidente,

    Le Secrétaire général vient de nous présenter le bilan accablant des cinquante jours de guerre dans la bande de Gaza, le bilan de cette troisième guerre en six ans qui a causé tant de morts et de blessés, anéanti tant de vies et de quartiers. 

    Nous remercions l’Egypte, dont les efforts ont abouti au cessez-le-feu conclu le 26 août dernier. Il s’agissait là d’une première étape indispensable pour faire cesser les hostilités, les souffrances et les humiliations. Nous nous félicitons également de la tenue, le 12 octobre dernier au Caire, de la « Conférence sur la Palestine - reconstruire Gaza », organisée par l’Egypte et la Norvège en appui à l’Autorité palestinienne. Notre Ministre des Affaires étrangères et européennes a pu y réaffirmer la solidarité tangible du Luxembourg avec les Palestiniens, qui se traduit par un engagement financier continu de l’ordre de sept millions d’euros par an.

    Nous saluons aussi la mise sur pied du mécanisme conclu entre les Nations Unies, l’Autorité palestinienne et Israël, une autre étape nécessaire pour la reconstruction de la bande de Gaza. Mais nous savons tous qu’il faut aller plus loin. Aucun peuple ne saurait vivre dans les conditions imposées aux habitants de Gaza, assiégés entre trois murs et la mer, ne survivant que grâce à UNRWA et l’aide internationale. Il faut lever le blocus qui étrangle Gaza et son économie. [...]"

  • Security Council Press Statement on Iraq Statement 17/10/2014

    The members of the Security Council condemned the vicious string of suicide, vehicle-borne, and other attacks in Baghdad and surrounding provinces over the past several days, perpetrated by the terrorist organization operating under the name “Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL), and which have killed scores of Iraqis, including an elected Member of Parliament from Basrah Province and the Police Chief of Anbar Province.   

    The members of the Security Council expressed again their deep outrage about all Iraqis as well as nationals of other states who have been killed, kidnapped, raped, or tortured by ISIL, as well as its recruitment and use of children. The members of the Security Council stressed the need that those who have committed or are otherwise responsible for violations of international humanitarian law or violations or abuses of human rights in Iraq must be held accountable, noting that some of these acts may constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity. The members of the Security Council also called upon the Government of Iraq and the international community to work towards ensuring that all perpetrators are brought to justice. The members of the Security Council urged the international community, in accordance with international law to further strengthen and expand support for the Government of Iraq, including Iraqi Security Forces, in the fight against ISIL and associated armed groups. 

    The members of the Security Council stressed that ISIL must be defeated and that the intolerance, violence and hatred it espouses must be stamped out.  The members of the Council further emphasized that there has to be a common effort amongst governments and institutions, including those in the region most affected, to counter ISIL, Al-Nusra Front and all other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with Al-Qaida, as set out in United Nations Security Council resolutions 2161 (2014), 2170  (2014) and 2178 (2014). [...]

  • Security Council Press Statement on Mali Statement 17/07/2014

    The members of the Security Council welcomed the scheduled resumption on 19 October 2014 of the inter-Malian negotiation process in Algiers, in line with its resolutions 2100 (2013) and 2164 (2014), the statement by its President on 28 July 2014 (S/2014/15), its previous press statements, as well as the 18 June 2013 Ouagadougou Preliminary Agreement and the roadmap signed by the Malian parties on 24 July 2014 (“Feuille de route des négociations dans le cadre du processus d’Alger”), which aim to achieve a comprehensive and inclusive peace agreement to end the crisis in Mali.

    The members of the Security Council commended Algeria’s facilitation role, at the request of the Malian authorities, in the organization of formal peace talks and in convening the Government of Mali and the signatory and adherent armed groups of the Ouagadougou Agreement. The members of the Security Council also commended the close coordination between all the members of the international mediation team, which is coordinated by Algeria and includes the United Nations, through the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the European Union, the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Niger, and Chad, and encouraged them to continue their efforts.

    The members of the Security Council called on the Malian parties to fully comply with their commitments in the roadmap signed on 24 July 2014, and to engage in good faith and in the spirit of compromise in the comprehensive peace talks in Algiers when they resume, facilitated by the international mediation team, including MINUSMA, and encouraged further engagement with all communities of the North of Mali, including through civil society organisations, in order to reach a comprehensive and inclusive peace agreement to bring a durable political resolution to the crisis and long-term peace and stability throughout the country, respecting the sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of the Malian State. [...]

  • Security Council Press Statement on UNAMID Statement 16/10/2013

    The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the attack on UNAMID (African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur) peacekeepers in Korma, North Darfur, by a group of unidentified armed men on 16 October 2014, which resulted in the death of 3 Ethiopian peacekeepers.

    The members of the Security Council expressed their condolences to the families of the peacekeepers killed in the attack, as well as to the Government of Ethiopia and to UNAMID.  They called on the Government of Sudan swiftly to investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice.

    The members of the Security Council reiterated their full support for UNAMID and called on all parties in Darfur to cooperate fully with the mission.

  • Security Council Press Statement on Ebola Statement 15/10/2014

    The members of the Security Council reiterated their grave concern about the unprecedented extent of the Ebola outbreak in Africa, which constitutes a threat to international peace and security, as well as the impact of the Ebola virus on West Africa, in particular, Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

    The members of the Security Council recognized the strenuous efforts made by the Member States of the region, especially Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, to lead the ground-level response against the Ebola outbreak, as well as to address the wider political, security, socioeconomic and humanitarian impact of the Ebola outbreak on communities. The members of the Security Council affirmed the importance of preparedness by all Member States to detect, prevent, respond to, isolate and mitigate suspected cases of Ebola within and across borders. They also recalled the International Health Regulations (2005), which aim to improve the capacity of all countries to detect, assess, notify and respond to public health threats.

    The members of the Security Council welcomed the swift establishment on 19 September 2014 by United Nations General Assembly resolution 69/1 of UNMEER. They expressed their appreciation for the efforts undertaken by the Mission to provide overall leadership and direction to the operational work of the United Nations System, as mandated by the United Nations General Assembly. They requested that the Secretary-General help to ensure that all relevant United Nations System entities, including the United Nations peacekeeping operations and special political missions in West Africa, within their existing mandates and capacities, collaborate closely and urgently to respond to UNMEER’s requests and to provide immediate Ebola response assistance to the governments of the three most affected countries. [...]

  • Security Council Press Statement on the Central African Republic Statement 10/10/2014

    The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the attack against a convoy of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) on 9 October in Bangui, in which one Pakistani peacekeeper was killed and several other peacekeepers from Pakistan and Bangladesh were severely injured.

    The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest condolences and sympathy to the family of the peacekeeper killed and the families of those injured and to the Governments of Pakistan and Bangladesh, as well as to the Transitional Authorities and the people of the Central African Republic, and to MINUSCA.

    The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms all attacks and provocations against MINUSCA by armed groups. They underlined that attacks targeting peacekeepers may constitute a war crime and reminded all parties of their obligations under international humanitarian law. They called on the Central African authorities to condemn the attack against MINUSCA and to swiftly investigate, with the assistance of MINUSCA, this attack and bring the perpetrators to justice. They stressed that those responsible for the attack shall be held accountable. [...]

  • Security Council Press Statement on Yemen Statement 10/10/2014

    The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the 9 October bomb attack in Sana’a, Yemen which killed at least forty seven people, including children.

    The members of the Security Council also condemned the continued attacks against Yemeni security forcesin Hadramawt on October 9, as well as in Bayda on October 8, aimed at undermining Yemen’s stability.

    The members of the Security Council expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families and friends of those killed and injured by these heinous acts. 

    The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its 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 motivation, wherever and whenever and by whomsoever committed.[...]

  • CSNU - Séance d’information sur les opérations de maintien de la paix Statement 09/10/2014

    Intervention de M. Olivier Maes, Représentant permanent adjoint du Luxembourg :

    "Madame la Présidente,

    Je vous remercie d’avoir organisé cette séance d’information, qui nous permet d’interagir avec le Conseiller militaire, le général Maqsood Ahmed, ainsi que les Commandants de force de la MONUSCO, de la MINUSMA et de la FNUOD. Je remercie les généraux Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz, Jean Bosco Kazura et Iqbal Singh Singha pour leurs présentations. Ils ont bien illustré les défis qui se présentent aux Missions de l’ONU dans des contextes où la menace est en constante évolution et où elle exige un grand pouvoir d’adaptation de la part des casques bleus.

    La protection des civils, thème évoqué par le général dos Santos Cruz, est au cœur du mandat de nombre d’opérations de l’ONU. La mise en œuvre de ce mandat requiert l’engagement de toutes les composantes d’une Mission. Il est indispensable, d’une part, que les Missions disposent des capacités civiles spécifiquement dédiées à la protection des civils, en particulier des femmes et des enfants ; mais il est tout aussi crucial, d’autre part, que les Commandants de force disposent de personnel professionnel, bien formé et sensibilisé, disposant des capacités et des ressources requises pour protéger efficacement les civils.

    Les soldats de la paix doivent pouvoir bénéficier, avant et pendant leur déploiement, de formations spécifiques qui les mettent en mesure de faire face à des situations complexes et de prendre les décisions qui s’imposent sur le terrain. Permettez-moi dans ce contexte de rappeler la résolution 2143 sur les enfants et les conflits armés, par laquelle le Conseil de sécurité a recommandé aux Nations Unies et aux pays qui fournissent des contingents et des effectifs de police de dispenser, je cite, des « formations ciblées et opérationnelles », afin de préparer leurs personnels à contribuer à la prévention des violations commises contre les enfants. [...]"

  • Security Council Press Statement on Mali Statement 07/10/2014

    The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the targeted attack against a MINUSMA camp in Kidal, Mali, on 7 October 2014, in which one Senegalese peacekeeper of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) was killed.

    The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest condolences to the family of the peacekeeper killed, as well as to the Government and people of Senegal, and to MINUSMA. The members of the Security Council paid tribute to the Senegalese peacekeepers for their sacrifices and continued efforts in 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.[...]

  • Security Council Press Statement on Murder of Alan Henning Statement 03/10/14

    The members of the Security Council strongly condemned the heinous and cowardly murder of Alan Henning, a volunteer British humanitarian aid worker, by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). This crime is a tragic reminder of the increasing dangers volunteer humanitarian personnel face every day in Syria. It also once again demonstrates the brutality of ISIL, which is responsible for thousands of abuses against the Syrian and Iraqi people.

    The members of the Security Council expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the family of the victim, to the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, as well as to the families of all victims of ISIL.

    The members of the Security Council stressed again that ISIL must be defeated and that the intolerance, violence and hatred it espouses must be stamped out. The members of the Council further emphasized that such continued acts of barbarism perpetrated by ISIL do not intimidate them, but rather stiffen their resolve that there has to be a common effort among Governments and institutions, including those in the region most affected, to counter ISIL, Al-Nusra Front and all other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with Al-Qaida, as the Council resolved in United Nations Security Council resolution 2170 (2014). [...]

  • Security Council Press Statement on the bomb attacks on a school complex in Homs, Syria Statement 03/10/2014

    The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the twin bomb attacks on a school complex in Homs, Syria on 1 October, 2014, which killed over fifty people and injured dozens more, a large majority of them children.

    The members of the Security Council expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims of this heinous act, and to the people of Syria, and wished a swift recovery to those injured.

    The members of the Security Council recalled that such targeting of schools and schoolchildren is a serious violation of international humanitarian law. They reiterated their condemnation of all grave violations and abuses committed against civilians including children, as well as their demand that all parties desist from attacks directed against civilian objects, in line with Security Council Resolutions 2139 (2014) and 2165 (2014). [...]

  • Security Council Press Statement on the killing of a staff member of the ICRC in Donetsk, Ukraine Statement 03/10/2014

    The members of the Security Council strongly condemned the killing of a staff member of the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), Mr. Laurent DuPasquier, in Donetsk, Ukraine, on 2 October 2014 as a result of a shell landing near the ICRC premises.

    The members of the Security Council expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the family of Mr. DuPasquier as well as to the ICRC and the people and Government of Switzerland.

    The members of the Security Council stressed the need to conduct an objective and thorough investigation into this tragic death.

  • Security Council Press Statement on Mali Statement 03/10/2014

    The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the targeted ambush against a MINUSMA convoy on the road between Ansongo and Menaka, Mali, on 3 October 2014, that killed nine Nigerien peacekeepers of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).

    The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest condolences to the families of the peacekeepers killed, as well as to the Government and people of Niger, and to MINUSMA. The members of the Security Council paid tribute to the Nigerien peacekeepers for their sacrifices and continued efforts in 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.[...]

  • Security Council Press Statement on the Democratic Republic of the Congo Statement 10/03/2014

    The members of the Security Council noted that 2 October marks the half-way point of the six-month timeframe for the voluntary surrender of the Forces Démocratiques de Libération du Rwanda (FDLR) as set out by the joint International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) meeting of Ministers of Defence on 2 July. They noted with deep concern that since that date no further voluntary surrenders of members of the FDLR have happened and the FDLR have failed to deliver on their public promise to voluntarily demobilize.

    The members of the Security Council recalled that the swift neutralization of the FDLR is a top priority in bringing stability to and protecting the civilians of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Great Lakes region, in line with the wider commitments made in the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the region. They recalled that leaders and members of the FDLR were among the perpetrators of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, during which Hutu and others who opposed the genocide were also killed, and recalled that the FDLR is a group under United Nations sanctions, operating in the DRC, and which has continued to promote and commit ethnically based and other killings in Rwanda and in the DRC. [...]

  • Security Council Press Statement on Libya Statement 02/10/2014

    The members of the Security Council welcomed the UN-facilitated meeting between members of the Libya’s House of Representatives in Ghadames on 29 September as an important step towards a peaceful resolution of the current political stalemate in Libya.

    The members of the Security Council expressed their strong support for efforts to address differences between the parties through peaceful and inclusive dialogue and within the framework of a political process. The members of the Security Council called on all parties to reject violence and to engage in the political process.

    The members of the Security Council recalled resolution 2174 (2014) and expressed their readiness to use targeted sanctions, including asset freezes and travel bans, against individuals or entities that threatened Libya’s peace and stability or undermined its political transition. [...]

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