UN special envoy visits Libya in diplomatic efforts to end Libyan crisis

13:32, May 16, 2011      

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The UN special envoy on Sunday paid a one-day visit to Libya for meetings with senior government officials as part of the UN diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis in the North African country.

During his visit, Abdel Elah al-Khatib, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's special envoy for Libya, met with the Libyan foreign minister, the prime minister, the secretary-general of the Libyan Public Congress and the tribal forum which supports Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, according to a note to reporters here from Ban's spokesman.

"Their discussions focused on the need to fully implement (UN) Security Council Resolutions 1970 and 1973, to allow full humanitarian access, and to establish a ceasefire and political process," said the note.

UN Security Council Resolution 1970 imposed an arms embargo against Libya and slapped sanctions on members of Gaddafi's inner circle. Resolution 1973 authorized a no-fly zone over Libya.

"The special envoy's interlocutors said they were open and ready to fully engage and to cooperate with his efforts," the note said.

Also on Sunday, Ban spoke by telephone with Libyan Prime Minister Al Baghdadi Ali Al-Mahmoudi about resolving the ongoing crisis in the North African nation, the note said. But it did not provide any further information on the talks between Ban and the Libyan prime minister.

In late April, the UN special envoy traveled to Benghazi, an opposition stronghold in the east of the country, to meet with representatives of the Libyan opposition.

Source: Xinhua
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