UN mulls deployment of a mission to Libya

trucks carrying humanitarian supplies to Libya

trucks carrying humanitarian supplies to Libya

United Nations Secretary Ban Ki-moon is considering deploying a UN mission to help rebuild Libya.

On Friday afternoon Mr. Ban discussed the situation in Libya via a video conference with leaders of the League of Arab States, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the African Union and the European Union.

He told reporters in New York that these regional organizations together with the Libyan transitional authorities agree on allowing the UN to play "an essential coordinating role" in Libya.

The Secretary-General says that the most immediate request from the Libyans is for urgent humanitarian assistance, particularly health and basic public services, including water and sanitation as well as education.

"Somewhat longer-term, they have placed special emphasis on early support for elections, transitional justice and policing, as well as assistance in socio-economic recovery, rule of law and institution-building. I intend to discuss these plans further with the Security Council including the urgent deployment of a UN mission."

The Secretary-General says that the decision by the Security Council on Thursday to release $1.5 billion in frozen Libyan assets was a welcome step but additional financial resources are needed.

He stresses that at this critical moment the global community has to come together as one to restore order and ensure a stable transition in the North African country.

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