After weeks of negotiations, the international heads of state and government approved an agreement calling for an end to foreign interference in the war in Libya. Heiko Maas said the resolution was a “big step forward”.
The United Nations Security Council passed a resolution in New York on Wednesday calling for a “permanent ceasefire” in Libya’s ongoing conflict. The resolution reaffirmed the commitments made by international leaders at a summit in Berlin on January 19, including maintaining a United Nations arms embargo and ending international interference in the conflict and providing military support to opposing factions. The UK drafted text was approved by 14 out of 15 votes, including Germany. Russia, a veto power of the Security Council, abstained. The resolution calls for talks between the factions in Geneva to continue under the auspices of the United Nations.
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in Berlin on Wednesday that the international community must take the Security Council’s decision seriously and fully respect the arms embargo.
“We have taken a big step forward to resolve the Libya conflict,” said Maas. “The results of the Berlin Libya conference are now binding for all parties.”