Ban describes Libyan crisis as unpredictable and dangerous

SG speaks to press about Libya's crisis

SG speaks to press about Libya's crisis

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the UN has described the situation in Libya as unpredictable and dangerous. The UN says at least 250 people have been killed in the violent crackdown against protestors and over 8,000 people have fled the country. Violence is being used by the Libyan authorities against demonstrators calling for a regime change. Jocelyne Sambira has been monitoring the latest statement from Ban Ki-moon:

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“We view the recent events in Libya with particularly grave concern. The current situation is unpredictable and could go in any number of directions, many of them dangerous.”

In his address, he reiterated his strong condemnation of the attacks against civilians and demanded justice.

“The violence must stop. Attacks against civilians are a serious violation of international humanitarian and human rights law. Those responsible for brutally shedding the blood of innocents must be punished.”

Earlier in the week, the Security Council and the Arab League had joined the Secretary-General in condemning the violence. The Arab League had gone as far as suspending Libya’s membership.

Mr. Ban reminded the international community how important it was to remain united and act as one.

“The world has spoken with one voice: the government of Libya must meet its responsibility to protect its people.

The UN Chief has also welcomed the decision of the Human Rights Council to convene a special session and possibly set up an international inquiry into the events in Libya.

Libya’s Deputy Ambassador to the UN, Ibrahim Dabbashi has been pushing for a stronger move from the Security Council.

But so far, no concrete measures have been taken against President Muammar Qadhafi’s regime. Mr. Ban had this to say:

“I leave it to the Security Council to discuss and determine the future course of action like no fly zone and some other specific sanctions.”

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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