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  • Séance de synthèse des travaux du Conseil de sécurité au mois d'août 2014 en application de la note S/2010/507 Communiqués 28/08/2014

    Intervention de M. Olivier Maes Chargé d’affaires a.i., Représentant permanent adjoint du Luxembourg:

    "Monsieur le Président,

    Je vous remercie d’avoir organisé cette séance de synthèse en format public, qui permet de renforcer la transparence de l’action du Conseil. Je voudrais également vous exprimer nos félicitations, à vous-même et à toute votre équipe, pour votre Présidence dynamique et efficace du Conseil de sécurité au cours de ce mois d’août, qui a confirmé, s’il en était encore besoin, que le Conseil ne connaît pas de trêve estivale.

    La plupart des situations qui ont figuré à l’ordre du jour du Conseil de ce mois amènent leur lot de souffrances pour les populations civiles. L’aggravation de la crise en Ukraine, que nous avons dû constater une nouvelle fois aujourd’hui-même, la poursuite des violences à Gaza jusqu’au cessez-le-feu du 26 août, la détérioration continue de la situation au Soudan du Sud et en Libye, la barbarie sans nom déployée par l’Etat islamique en Irak et en Syrie, la situation humanitaire qui reste catastrophique en Syrie malgré les progrès modestes en termes d’accès humanitaire obtenus grâce à la résolution 2165, voilà autant de situations qui doivent nous interpeller et nous amener à nous interroger sur la meilleure manière de renforcer l’action du Conseil pour maintenir la paix et la sécurité internationales. Elles nous amènent à nous poser la question suivante : Que faire pour éviter de telles situations et pour prévenir la souffrance des populations civiles ? [...] "

  • Séance d’information publique du Conseil de sécurité sur la situation en Ukraine Communiqués 28/08/2014

    Intervention de M. Olivier Maes Chargé d’affaires a.i., Représentant permanent adjoint du Luxembourg: 

    "Monsieur le Président,

    Je remercie à mon tour le Secrétaire général adjoint aux affaires politiques Jeffrey Feltman pour son exposé.

    Nous sommes très préoccupés par la grave détérioration de la situation dans les zones contrôlées par les séparatistes dans les régions de Donetsk et de Louhansk, en raison de l’intensification des combats dans ces régions. Nous sommes également très préoccupés par des rapports faisant état d’une reprise des combats dans le sud-est de l’Ukraine, à proximité de la ville de Mariupol, combats lors desquels les séparatistes ont pris le contrôle de la ville de Novoazovsk. [...] "

  • Security Council Press Statement on UNDOF Communiqués 28/08/2014

    The members of the Security Council strongly condemned the detention of 43 United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) peacekeepers within the Area of Separation in the vicinity of position 27, as well as the surrounding of positions 68 and 69, which are manned by 81 UNDOF peacekeepers, earlier today by Security Council-designated terrorist groups and by members of non-state armed groups.

    The members of the Security Council demanded the unconditional and immediate release of all the detained United Nations peacekeepers and called upon all parties to cooperate with UNDOF in good faith to enable it to operate freely and to ensure full security of its personnel. They called upon countries with influence to strongly convey to the armed members of the opposition in the UNDOF area of operation to immediately release the peacekeepers.  They stressed that there should be no military forces in the area of separation other than those of UNDOF, and further reiterated their condemnation for the increased use by elements of the Syrian opposition and other groups of improvised explosive devices in the UNDOF area of operation which threaten the safety and security of United Nations personnel.

    The members of the Security Council reaffirmed their unconditional support for UNDOF.

  • Security Council Press statement on the downing of an UNMISS helicopter Communiqués 27/08/2014

    The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the downing near Bentiu, Unity State (South Sudan) on 26 August, 2014 of an UNMISS MI-8AMT helicopter performing a cargo flight to the area with four Russian crew members, three of whom were killed and one severely injured.

    The members of the Security Council extended their heartfelt condolences to the families of the crew members and to the Government of the Russian Federation, and offered wishes for a full recovery to the injured crew member.

    They stressed that this attack constituted a grave violation of the Status of Forces Agreement of 8 August 2011 and jeopardized the UNMISS operations. [...]

  • UNAMID : Adoption of Security Council Resolution 2173 (2014) Communiqués 27/08/2014

    The Security Council unanimously adopted Security Council Resolution 2173:

    The Security Council,

    Reaffirming all its previous resolutions and presidential statements concerning the situation in Sudan and underlining the importance of full compliance with these,

    Reaffirming its strong commitment to the sovereignty, unity, independence and territorial integrity of Sudan and its determination to work with the Government of Sudan, in full respect of its sovereignty, to assist in tackling the various challenges in Sudan,

    Recalling the importance of the principles of the peaceful settlement of international disputes, good neighbourliness, non-interference and cooperation in the relations among States in the region,

    Reaffirming the basic principles of peacekeeping, including consent of the parties, impartiality and non-use of force, except in self-defence and defence of the mandate, and recognising that the mandate of each peacekeeping mission is specific to the country concerned, [...]

  • Lebanon: Adoption of Security Council Resolution 2172 (2014) Communiqués 26/08/2014

    The Security Council unanimously adopted Security Council Resolution 2172:

    The Security Council,

    Recalling all its previous resolutions on Lebanon, in particular resolutions 425 (1978) , 426 (1978) , 1559 (2004) , 1680 (2006) , 1701 (2006) , 1773 (2007) , 1832 (2008) , 1884 (2009) , 1937 (2010) and 2004 (2011) , 2064 (2012) and 2115 (2013) as well as the statements of its President on the situation in Lebanon,

    Responding to the request of the Government of Lebanon to extend the mandate of UNIFIL for a new period of one year without amendment presented in a letter from the Lebanese Foreign Minister to the Secretary-General of 25 July 2014 and welcoming the letter from the Secretary-General to its President of 31st July 2014 ( S/2014/554 ) recommending this extension,

    Reiterating its strong support for the territorial integrity, sovereignty and political independence of Lebanon,

    Reaffirming its commitment to the full implementation of all provisions of resolution 1701 (2006) , and aware of its responsibilities to help secure a permanent ceasefire and a long-term solution as envisioned in the resolution, [...]

  • Security Council Press Statement on DRC/Great Lakes Communiqués 26/08/2014

    On 7 August 2014, the members of the Security Council heard briefings by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), Martin Kobler, the outgoing Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region, Mary Robinson, and the Minister of Defence of Angola, Mr. João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, in his capacity as representative of the Chair of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR). The members of the Security Council welcomed the nomination of Said Djinnit as Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region.

    The members of the Security Council welcomed the progress against armed groups, including the military defeat of the M23 movement, the signing of the Nairobi Declarations by the DRC government and the M23, and the significant weakening of the ADF-NALU but regretted that no significant progress was made towards the neutralization of the Forces Démocratiques de Libération du Rwanda (FDLR). They noted the initial efforts made by the DRC government and the governments of the region toward fulfilling the commitments made under the PSC Framework, including the development of national and regional benchmarks. The members of the Security Council welcomed the efforts of regional organizations, in particular the role of the ICGLR, including that of President José Eduardo dos Santos as chair, as subsequently demonstrated by the holding of two Heads of State and Government Mini-Summits in Luanda (Angola) on 25 March and on 14 August 2014. [...]

  • Security Council Press Statement on the murder of James Foley Communiqués 22/08/2014

    The members of the Security Council strongly condemned the heinous and cowardly murder of James Foley, an American journalist, by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). This incident is a tragic reminder of the increasing dangers journalists 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 States of America, as well as to the families of all victims of ISIL. 

    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 the Council resolved in UN Security Council Resolution 2170. [...]

  • Conflict Prevention: Adoption of Security Council Resolution 2171 (2014) Communiqués 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 Communiqués 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 Communiqués 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 Communiqués 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) Communiqués 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 Communiqués 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 Communiqués 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. [...]"

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