Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Future of Libya

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the need for maintaining national unity and fostering reconciliation in Libya when he spoke with the leader of the North African country’s National Transitional Council, Mustafa Abdul-Jalil.  The Secretary-General also spoke of the need to protect diplomatic premises in Libya during the telephone conversation with Mr. Abdul-Jalil, who for his part, expressed appreciation for the United Nations’ engagement in Libya.

The regime of Colonel Muammar al-Qadhafi is reported to be on the brink of collapse as rebels who have been seeking his ouster gained control of parts of the capital, Tripoli, amid heavy fighting in the city.

Mr. Abdul-Jalil told Mr. Ban that the National Transitional Council appreciated the role played by the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Abdel-Elah al-Khatib, adding that Libya will need UN support during the post-conflict period.  

(Excerpt from a UN Press Release)

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