Libya and UN agree on humanitarian presence in Tripoli

Civis esperam por comida na Líbia

Civilians in Libya

Humanitarian agencies helping people affected by the conflict in Libya will now have a presence in the country’s capital, Tripoli.

This follows an agreement reached by the Libyan government and the United Nations on Sunday.

Derrick Mbatha reports.

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During a visit to Libya by the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy Abdel Ilah al Khatib and the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos, an agreement was reached with Libyan authorities for a humanitarian presence in Tripoli.

Concern has been raised about the humanitarian situation in Libya as fighting continues between government forces and pro-democracy fighters who want to overthrow Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi.

Announcing the agreement between the United Nations and the Libyan government for a presence of humanitarian agencies in Tripoli, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, repeated that concern.

He was speaking in Budapest, Hungary, during his visit to the east European country.

CUT 1:
“Nearly half a million people have fled the country in recent weeks and there are tens of thousands of people whose basic human needs are not given, so we have very serious humanitarian problems here. It is much more serious when the fighting has been intense, particularly in a city like Misrata.”
The Secretary-General pointed out that there is already a humanitarian presence in the western part of Libya and the United Nations intends to expand its activities in the conflict-torn country. However, as fighting still rages on in the North African country, the Secretary-General stressed that it must stop.
CUT 2:
“Considering the magnitude of this crisis as this fighting is still continuing, it is absolutely necessary that Libyan authorities stop fighting, stop killing people, that is why, in accordance with the relevant Security Council resolutions, particularly Security Council resolution 1973, the international community has taken very swift and decisive measures including this no-fly zone, including taking some military measures.”
There are three main objectives and challenges for the United Nations in Libya, according to the Secretary-General.
CUT 3:
“First an immediate and effective ceasefire; second to expand our humanitarian assistance to those people in need; third we will continue to have political dialogue, to have a political resolution of this issue.”

The Secretary-General thanked the European Union and Hungary, in its capacity as the President of the Union, for the support they have provided to the United Nations.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.  

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