We must bring what is happening in Belarus to the world’s attention and hear from those on the ground. Briefers on #BYHumanRights: UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus, Anaïs Marin; Belarusian opposition presidential candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya; Vice-Chairman of the Viasna Human Rights Center, Valiantsin Stefanovic; Legal Expert for the Belarusian Association of Journalists, Volha Siakhovich. The meeting is chaired by Urmas Reinsalu, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia. The meeting was initiated by Estonia and co-sponsored by UN Security Council members the United States and United Kingdom, as well as Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, and Ukraine.

Explanation of Vote at the Security Council on the resolution on Libya

Presented by Gert Auväärt, Deputy Permanent Representative

Estonia supported the adoption of a Security Council resolution to endorse the Berlin Conference conclusions. The positive momentum achieved in Berlin needed to be enhanced and solidified, and this is what the resolution does.

We thank the UK and Germany for their work and patience in leading the negotiations over the past three and a half weeks. A process that should have taken far less time considering the actual urgency of the situation on the ground in Libya.

The core message of the resolution is clear:
Number one, the foreign interference in the conflict and the blatant violations to the arms embargo must stop, as agreed in Berlin.
Number two, the parties to the conflict need to agree on an immediate and lasting ceasefire, which is the basis for any further steps towards sustainable peace in Libya.
And, last but by far not the least, the international efforts in Libya need to be led by the UN. Estonia fully supports SRSG Salamé’s three step plan and his mediation between the Libyan parties.

We need a united Security Council to send a clear signal to the parties involved in the Libyan conflict as well as to the Libyan people suffering from the conflict every day by implementing what has been agreed in Berlin and here today. Let’s not fail them!


In favor of the resolution – 14 (including Estonia)
Abstention – 1 (Russia)