Statement by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on Security Council Resolution 2146 on Libya, March 19, 2014

Samantha Power
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations 
New York, NY
March 19, 2014


Libya is in the midst of a difficult political transition after more than 40 years of dictatorship. We stand with those working to build a brighter, democratic future for the Libyan people, and strongly support Libya’s efforts to strengthen security, protect human rights, and grow the country’s economy. Good stewardship of Libya’s oil resources is critical to supporting Libya’s successful democratic transition. Libya’s oil revenue funds the vast majority of the country’s budget, allowing the government to provide security, deliver basic services, and invest in the Libyan people. Theft of Libyan oil is theft from the Libyan people.

Today’s resolution will make such theft much more difficult. This measure will allow the international community to impose sanctions on any vessels transporting crude oil without authorization. States are now required to prohibit transactions with respect to such oil on designated vessels. Designated vessels carrying unauthorized Libyan oil are now barred from using any bunkering services or ports. Member States are now authorized to take the necessary and appropriate measures to intervene and secure the return of designated vessels to Libya. These enforcement measures signal to the people and government of Libya that the international community supports Libya’s sovereignty and its right to manage its own natural resources.

The United States supports Libyan efforts to address transparently and inclusively all matters of national concern. We urge all UN Member States to swiftly implement the provisions of this resolution in order to deter the actions of those who seek to steal Libyan oil.


PRN: 2014/054