UN, Tripoli 'continue to be far apart' on humanitarian situation in Libya: Ban

09:10, March 25, 2011      

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UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon on Thursday said that the United Nations and the Libyan authorities "continue to be far apart in their respective analyses of the scope and scale of the humanitarian situation" in the North African country.

The secretary-general made the statement as he was briefing the UN Security Council on the current situation in Libya, which came under the U.S.-led airstrikes after the adoption of Resolution 1973.

"The UN and the Libyan authorities continue to be far apart in their respective analyses of the scope and scale of the humanitarian situation," he said. "No agreement has been reached on how an inter-agency needs-assessment mission would be carried out."

"I would like to remind all parties currently engaged in hostilities in Libya of their obligations under international humanitarian law to allow and facilitate the safe, rapid and unimpeded access by humanitarian organizations to populations in need," he added.

United Nations agencies on Tuesday prepared to rush aid into eastern Libya, reports said. The aid will go in on a convoy organized by the UN World Food Program (WFP), which plans to move 19 tons of lentils and 11 tons of vegetable oil in the next two days from Egypt into eastern Libya.

The UN agency, which has already moved more than 1,500 tons of food into eastern Libya and pre-positioned more than 6,000 tons more in emergency supplies, has airlifted to Egypt six prefabricated warehouses, six mobile offices and other supplies that will be pre-positioned on the Libyan border as part of contingency planning for establishing logistics hubs inside Libya.

Source: Xinhua
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