UN chief condemns abduction of Libyan Prime-Minister

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon briefs the press in Brunei Darussalam. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the abduction of Libyan Prime-Minister Ali Zeidan.

The Secretary-General told reporters in Brunei where he's attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit that the United Nations was working hard with key partners for the Prime-Minister's release.

” I was shocked to hear that the Prime-Minister of Libya Mr. Ali Zeidan was abducted this morning. I condemn this abduction in the strongest possible terms. I sincerely hope that this report coming from Libya that he has been released would be true.  I have just spoken to my Special Representative in Libya Mr. Tarek Mitria and we discussed about this matter. He is working very hard in close consultation with the Libyan government and all key partners to ensure his safe release and also to make sure the political transition in Libya will be continued as scheduled.”

Latest reports are that the Prime-Minister was released a few hours after he was abducted from a hotel in Tripoli.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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