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Protection of civilians : Open Debate of the Security Council

Published Tuesday February 12 2013

The Security Council held an open debate on the topic of the protection of civilians in armed conflict. In her intervention, Ambassador Sylvie Lucas referred first to the situation in Syria, underlining Luxembourg's support to the establishment of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the human rights situation, as well as to the initiative launched by Switzerland to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court.

Ambassador Lucas also underlined that as chair of the UNSC's working group on children and armed conflict, Luxembourg was committed to fight against the continuing use of child soldiers. She also underscored the importance of ensuring humanitarian access to populations affected by conflict and the necessity to ensure respect for international human rights law and international humanitarian law. The Ambassador concluded her intervention by paying tribute to the personnel working in UN peacekeeping operations and raised the importance of deploying women and child protection advisers, as necessary.

Link to the statement by Luxembourg's Permanent Representative, Ambassador Sylvie Lucas

Link to the Presidential Statement adopted by the Security Council