UN and Libya reach agreement on humanitarian presence in Tripoli

The United Nations is setting up a humanitarian office in the Libyan capital of Tripoli.

Migrant workers stranded in Libya

Migrant workers stranded in Libya

The agreement was reached Sunday after a visit to the country by UN Special Envoy Abdel Elah al-Khatib and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says while he’s urging an end to the fighting between leader Muammar Qadhafi’s troops and those calling for his ouster, the UN has a duty to aid those in need. It already has a presence in the rebel-held city of Benghazi.

“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.”

The Secretary-General made the comments while in Hungary meeting with President Pál Schmitt. Mr. Ban is suggesting the country streamline it’s media laws so that they conform with the rest of Europe and allow citizens full freedom of expression.

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