United States Mission to the United Nations
Office of Press and Public Diplomacy
For Immediate Release
January 17, 2018
Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, delivered remarks during a UN Security Council meeting on the situation in Libya. In her remarks, Ambassador Haley underscored the importance of prioritizing basic human rights for those affected by the crisis and expressed U.S. support of the UN’s efforts to facilitate a political process that can lead to peace.
“When we talk about Libya today, so many of the problems we face go back to one key issue: respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. This conflict began when the Libyan people rejected the Qadhafi regime’s decades of oppression and tyranny. This brutal dictatorship left Libya with weak institutions, which gave political spoilers, criminal gangs, and terrorists a chance to exploit Libya for their own purposes.”
“After organizing a revolution to demand a more stable, unified, and prosperous future for all, the Libyan people have yet to achieve this fundamental goal. That is why the United States stands firmly behind the efforts of Special Representative Salame and behind implementation of the UN Action Plan. As we have said many times before, political dialogue and reconciliation is the only way forward. There is no alternative to the UN process. There is a window of opportunity right now for Council members to push for new momentum in the political process, and that is where we must focus all of our effort.”
“The fact is that after decades of tyranny followed by years of fighting and chaos, the Libyan people deserve a better future. Libya’s political leaders must set aside their personal agendas and come together for the sake of peace. The Libyan people deserve a stable, unified, democratic government, with institutions that are capable of stamping out the abuses of criminal networks and non-state militias. The door to a more peaceful Libya is open through engagement with the UN’s political process. The United States urges all parties in Libya to seize this opportunity without further delay.”