Security problems remain "predominant concern" in Libya: UN envoy

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Tarek Mitri

Security continues to be a major concern for the Libyan people, according to the top United Nations envoy and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya.

Briefing the Security Council on the situation in Libya on Monday, Tarek Mitri said tension among various political, ethnic and armed groups has escalated into confrontation in various parts of the country.

This, he added, has resulted in several deaths.

Mr. Mitri said as a result of continued weak state institutions, there are attacks against security figures, political activists, journalists and the diplomatic community, as well as threats against the United Nations.

"The security problems in Libya are still arguably the predominant concern for the Libyan people. Since my last briefing to the Council there have been armed clashes in Tripoli between rival revolutionary brigades. Due to the limited state capacity to secure the capital, the newly elected president of the General National Congress, Mr. Nuri Abu Sahmain assigned the task of protecting the city to the Libyan revolutionary operating room, a coalition of revolutionary brigades." (33")

The head of the United Nations mission in Libya said there is general criminality in the country.

He also identified border security as an increasingly critical issue that the Libyan authorities have yet to address effectively.

Donn Bobb, United Nations

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