Announcement

Foreign Secretary welcomes end of No-Fly zone over Libya

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Foreign Secretary William Hague described the agreement of UN Security Council Resolution 2016 as another significant milestone towards a peaceful, democratic future for Libya.

Speaking today the Foreign Secretary said:

“UN Security Council Resolution 2016 agreed today is another significant milestone towards a peaceful, democratic future for Libya. Ending the No-Fly zone and the civilian protection provisions demonstrates that Libya has entered a new era.

The Resolution reiterates that the Libyan authorities have a duty to uphold human rights and must prevent reprisals and revenge attacks, a subject I raised with the NTC leadership in Tripoli last week. This is vital: a commitment to democracy, good governance and rule of law must be at the heart of the current transitional period and I welcome Chairman Jalil’s statements outlining the NTC’s commitment to fulfilling its responsibilities in these areas.

We now look forward to the creation of an inclusive, representative Transitional Government in Libya and to a new era in UK - Libya relations. Libya has a historic opportunity to create a state where human rights are protected all people enjoy fundamental freedoms. This would be a fitting tribute to those who sacrificed their lives for future generations.”