Libya's new government faces tremendous challenges

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The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya says despite the violence in the country, it is clear that the Libyan people are eager to move forward with the transition to democracy

Ian Martin briefed the Security Council Wednesday  by teleconference from Libya. He says the country's most central expectation of the UN is that the international body support them, especially with the upcoming elections.

"The new government faces tremendous challenges and a heavy legacy from the former regime as it tries to tackle illegal migration and smuggling, effective border control, proliferation of weapons, and the need to reverse policies of long-standing discrimination against minority communities and foster national reconciliation among tribes."

In recent days there have been deadly clashes between the Tabou and the Zwaya tribal brigades in the southern city of Kufra. About 100 people were reported killed and many seriously injured.

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