Libyan authorities face security challenges, says UN chiefListen /
Authorities in Libya are facing security challenges as they try to consolidate democracy, according to the latest report of the UN Secretary-General.
The head of political affairs at the United Nations, Jeffrey Feltman, who presented the report to the Security Council, said these challenges were manifested in the attack on the United States embassy in Benghazi.
"This attack, together with a spate of assassinations of security personnel in Benghazi, a series of explosive devices in Tripoli and attacks on Sufi shrines further emphasize the security challenges facing the authorities in Libya. And these are a major theme of the Secretary-General's report now before the Council. While prepared before the news of the attack on the U.S. office in Benghazi, the Secretary-General's report details some of the most important milestones in Libya's democratic transition since the last briefing on 18 July." (Duration: 31")
Mr. Feltman said one of these milestones was the transfer of authority from the National Transitional Council to the 200-member General National Congress on 8 August.
He said for the first time in over four decades Libya now has a democratically-elected body.