The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Martin Kobler is gravely concerned at continued and persistent reports of serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law being perpetrated across Libya. He calls on all parties to send a strong message that these acts are completely unacceptable and back these messages with credible investigations to identify and hold perpetrators of such crimes accountable.
20 March 2017 - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Martin Kobler, warns of dangerous escalation across Libya emanating from the deteriorating security situation in Tripoli and events in Misrata and Benghazi.
The League of Arab States (LAS), the African Union (AU), the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) held a meeting at the headquarters of the League of Arab States on 18 March 2017 to discuss the situation in Libya and further coordinate their efforts in order to advance the political process and assist Libya in its democratic transition.
As we celebrate International Women's Day, I think of the courageous Libyan women who played a key role in sparking the 2011 revolution. Today, women play a pivotal role in preserving their families’ freedom from fear and freedom from want. Unfortunately, they are still too often deprived from a real freedom of speech, and absent from the political life. Only with a fair participation of women in all levels of the Libyan political and social life, can peace security and prosperity be achieved.
7 March 2017 – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Martin Kobler, condemns the military escalation in Libya’s Oil Crescent region which jeopardizes the political process and risks igniting wider conflict. Martin Kobler stressed that “the immediate priority is to de-escalate tensions, prevent further loss of life and ensure that Libya’s national infrastructure and natural resources are under the control of legitimate authorities”.