Inner City Press

Inner City Press -- Investigative Reporting From the United Nations to Wall Street to the Inner City

These reports are usually available through Google News and on Lexis-Nexis

In Other Media-eg New Statesman, AJE, FP, Georgia, NYT Azerbaijan, CSM Click here to contact us     .


Follow us on TWITTER

Home -

These reports are usually available through Google News and on Lexis-Nexis


(FP Twitterati 100, 2013)

ICP on YouTube
Sept 24, 2013

UN: Sri Lanka


FOIA Finds  

Google, Asked at UN About Censorship, Moved to Censor the Questioner, Sources Say, Blaming UN - Update - Editorial

Support this work by buying this book

Click on cover for secure site orders

also includes "Toxic Credit in the Global Inner City"




Bank Beat

Freedom of Information

How to Contact Us

On Libya, Samantha Power Tells ICP of UNSC Action Despite Past Divisions

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, September 3 -- As the United States takes over presidency of the UN Security Council for the month, on its September 15 agenda is Libya, from which the US and others have pulled their diplomats given fighting between armed groups near their embassies.

  Inner City Press on September 3 asked US Ambassador Samantha Power about Libya, what the Security Council's role should be, particularly now with airstrikes by regional countries supporting militias in the country. Video here and embedded below, with US Mission transcript.

  Samantha Power replied that “it's no secret that with so many arms in the country and so many non-state actors” the situation has “escalated rather than diminished in recent weeks.” She said the US is supportive of new Special Representative Bernardino Leon's efforts and is “hopeful he can be a point person.”

  Inner City Press covered in some detail, here and elsewhere, the switch to Leon from previous envoy Tarek Mitri. Samantha Power on September 3 said Leon's predecessor made efforts to use the UN's good offices to facilitate dialogue but “it's fair to say not enough came of those efforts.”

  She said perhaps now the situation in Tripoli and Benghazi will “add urgency to efforts to forge a consensus... It has happened in more difficult circumstances than this one” but “no one can overstate the challenges facing the Libya people.”

  Going bigger picture, Ambassador Power said that “notwithstanding a history of some division on aspects relating to Libya, you saw the speed” with which Security Council's members “changed the presumption” so that arms flows into Libya have to be pre-approved. Still, she said, that Security Council resolution is not a panacea.

Inner City Press will cover the Libya session on September 15, and asked on behalf of the new Free UN Coalition for Access that the closed door Council consultations on Libya (and other topics this month) be followed by a question and answer session. Watch this site.

Updated with US Mission transcript:

MODERATOR: Last question is Matthew.

QUESTION: Matthew Lee, Inner City Press. Thanks for the briefing and, on behalf of the Free UN Coalition for Access, hoping for a (inaudible) stakeouts after consultations to hear what happened and ask you about it.. On Libya, I know that the U.S., UK, and France, with Germany and Italy, have been issuing a lot of joint statements, but what’s the role of the Security Council, especially now that there have been airstrikes reportedly by regional countries supporting militias there?


AMBASSADOR POWER: On Libya, as you know, the security environment deteriorated to such an extent that U.S. personnel had to depart the country because of the fighting that was going on near our embassy, but I want to underscore that that has in no way diminished our role or that of our partners whether inside the Council or internationally, regionally, and in terms of other stakeholders at trying to support the efforts of the Libyan people above all and the Libyan Government, the elected government to bring this crisis to an end. It’s no secret that with so many arms in the country, so many non-state actors, this has proven more than challenging, and the crisis has escalated over recent weeks rather that diminished.

I think we are very supportive of the new – Special Representative Leon’s efforts, and we are hopeful that he can be point person. As you know, his predecessor really made an effort to use the UN good offices to try to facilitate national dialogue among the parties, but it’s safe to say that not enough came of those efforts. And now perhaps in light of the human toll that this crisis is taking, the massive displacement, the fear that people in Tripoli, Benghazi, and elsewhere are experiencing in light of these – this fighting, maybe that will add urgency to the sort of efforts behind the scenes for people to forge some kind of national consensus.

It has happened in more difficult circumstances even than this one, but no one can overstate the challenge that the Libyan people face, again, above all given how militarized the situation has become. When it comes to the Council, that’s exactly what we will discuss, again, when we have our consultations. And we’ve just passed a resolution, as you know, aimed at halting the flow of arms into Libya, sanctioning those who are illegally bringing in arms, and we don’t pretend that that resolution is a panacea, again, given the amount of arms on the ground and given the networks that exist on the black market and elsewhere to bring in arms, but we think this could make a difference, and we’re very eager to hear from Mr. Leon and, again, from the Libyan leadership about the kinds of other steps the Council can take.

Again, this is an issue on which notwithstanding a history of some division on aspects related to Libya, everyone in the Council, as you saw, again, with the speed with which we were able to suspend or to sort of change the presumption on arms flows into the country where any arms flow has to be approved by the Council, this is something I think, again, if there are proposals on the table, I think the Council can come to agreement.


Share |

* * *

These reports are usually also available through Google News and on Lexis-Nexis.

Click here for Sept 26, 2011 New Yorker on Inner City Press at UN

Click for re Libya, Sri Lanka, UN Corruption

Feedback: Editorial [at]

UN Office: S-303, UN, NY 10017 USA

Reporter's mobile (and weekends): 718-716-3540

  Search  Search WWW (censored?)

Other, earlier Inner City Press are listed here, and some are available in the ProQuest service, and now on Lexis-Nexis.

            Copyright 2006-2014 Inner City Press, Inc. To request reprint or other permission, e-contact Editorial [at]