Luxembourg intervenes at the open debate of the Security Council on the protection of civilians in armed conflict
In the framework of the open debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict which was organized by the Portuguese Presidency of the Security Council, Luxembourg commended the Council for increasingly explicitly mandating peacekeeping operations to protect civilians. In his intervention, the Chargé d’affaires a.i. and Deputy Permanent Representative of Luxembourg, Mr. Olivier Maes welcomed the initiatives taken over the past years to better prepare the military, police and civilian personnel deployed under the auspices of the United Nations to their task of protection of civilians. He highlighted the case of Libya as an example where the determined intervention of the international community had saved countless lives of men, women and children. Mr. Maes stressed that important progress has been made through prosecution of crimes against civilians in armed conflict in national, international and “mixed” criminal courts and tribunals, commissions of inquiry as well as specialized chambers in national tribunals. The role of the International Criminal Court was also underlined.