Immediate challenge in Libya is humanitarian aid: UN chief

Jean Ping and Ban Ki-moon

Jean Ping and Ban Ki-moon

The most immediate challenge facing the international community is to provide humanitarian assistance to Libya, according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The Secretary-General is in Paris attending a meeting with world leaders to plan for a Libya without Colonel Muammar Qadhafi.

The meeting is taking place as opposition fighters continue to consolidate their gains on the ground.

"Clearly, the most immediate challenge of us, for the international community is how to address humanitarian challenges. Roughly 860,000 people have left the country since February, including skilled workers guest workers. Medicine, food, fuel and water, particularly, are in short supply. There is a major crisis on this matter."

Duration: 25"

The Secretary-General said that the United Nations is also working closely with the Libyan leadership to identify the needs and priorities for the longer-term post-conflict phase.

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