Ban urges dialogue and reconciliation for all to join political transition in Libya

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is relieved by the release of Prime Minister Ali Zeidan of Libya and emphasized his continued support to the Government of Libya.

In a statement through his Spokespersons' office, the Secretary-General reiterated his condemnation of the abduction of the Prime Minister.

Earlier, at a press conference on the margins of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Brunei, the Secretary-General Ban in response to a question about his concern over the situation on the ground noted that it was not only in Libya. He said in many countries where they have experienced this transformation for democratization, there is still continuing violence and political instability.

“It would be very important for the Libyan Government and leadership to have inclusive dialogue and reconciliation so that all the people can really join this political transition. We will continue to do that. This very unfortunate abduction of a Prime Minister is a clear wake-up call, not only for Libyan people but all other areas where they are experienced these political transformations.”

Secretary-General Ban said the United Nations, through UNSMIL, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, has been working very closely with the Libyan authorities and neighbouring countries to help them to, first of all, establish their political stability and establish rule of law.

He said the United Nations has been trying to provide socio-economic support so that they –the Libyans, could be able to move ahead with the political transition.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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