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UN Security Council Statement on Libya [FULL TEXT]

Feb 22, 2011 – 6:29 PM
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David Knowles

David Knowles Writer

The boiling point has arrived.

With embattled Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi defiantly declaring that he intends to battle thousands of his own citizens in order to retain control of the country he has governed for nearly 42 years, the United Nations Security Council saw fit to release a statement about the growing violence.

It reads as follows:
The members of the Security Council expressed grave concern at the situation in Libya. They condemned the violence and use of force against civilians, deplored the repression against peaceful demonstrators, and expressed deep regret at the deaths of hundreds of civilians. They called for an immediate end to the violence and for steps to address the legitimate demands of the population, including through national dialogue.

The members of the Security Council called on the Government of Libya to meet its responsibility to protect its population. They called upon the Libyan authorities to act with restraint, to respect human rights and international humanitarian law, and to allow immediate access for international human rights monitors and humanitarian agencies.

The members of the Security Council called for international humanitarian assistance to the people of Libya and expressed concern at the reports of shortages of medical supplies to treat the wounded. They strongly urged the Libyan authorities to ensure the safe passage of humanitarian and medical supplies and humanitarian workers into the country.

The members of the Security Council underlined the need for the government of Libya to respect the freedom of peaceful assembly and of expression, including freedom of the press. They called for the immediate lifting of restrictions on all forms of the media.

The members of the Security Council stressed the importance of accountability. They underscored the need to hold to account those responsible for attacks, including by forces under their control, on civilians.

The members of the Security Council expressed deep concern about the safety of foreign nationals in Libya. They urged the Libyan authorities and all relevant parties to ensure the safety of all foreign nationals and facilitate the departure of those wishing to leave the country. The members of the Security Council will continue to follow the situation closely.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton had her own words for the deadly force Gadhafi's government has employed in recent days. "This violence is completely unacceptable," Clinton said, echoing the outrage being expressed across the globe.

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