Aid workers in Libya to remain unescorted by military

Even though it has not been easy getting aid into Libya, the UN's Emergency Relief Coordinator says it is moving and there are no plans for military assistance at this point.

Valerie Amos

Under-Secretary-General Valerie Amos says she’s gotten assurances from Libyan authorities as well as the rebels, that aid workers will have safe passage into the country. She says she’s also gotten warnings about “armed resistance” from leader Muammar Qadhafi to military escorts for humanitarian workers.

“Our responsibility, all the time, is to make it clear that the aid that we supply is on an impartial and mutual basis, that the blurring of those lines means that you very often put the security of humanitarian workers at risk but you also put the very delivery of that aid at risk”

Amos was just in Libya brokering a deal for a UN humanitarian office to be set up in the capital of Triploi. She says a team from her office will be back there in the coming days.

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