Finding political solution to Libya crisis remains UN top priority: UN chief

08:07, June 19, 2011      

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Saturday voiced his "strong concerns" at the ongoing violence and humanitarian situation in Libya, saying that " finding a political solution to the crisis in Libya remains the United Nation's top priority," his spokesman Martin Nesirky said.

The secretary-general made the statement when he was participating by video-conference early Saturday in the third high- level meeting with regional organizations on Libya, along with partners meeting in Cairo, Egypt, from the African Union, European Union, League of Arab States, and Organization of the Islamic Conference, the spokesman said.

The secretary-general expressed strong concerns about the continuing violence and the humanitarian impact of the fighting in Libya, the spokesman said in a readout issued to the press here. "He emphasized the importance of a coordinated effort and consistent message from the international community to the actors on the ground in Libya."

"Each passing day brings more turmoil to the people of Libya, the situation is still very fluid and the front lines keep shifting. It is important that we continue to work together," the secretary-general said.

"The secretary-general said that finding a political solution to the crisis in Libya remains the United Nation's top priority," the spokesman said. "While cautioning that an agreement remains a long way from being concluded, the secretary-general said the beginnings of a negotiation process are now underway under the auspices of his special envoy to Libya, Mr. Abdul-Elah Al-Khatib."

With respect to the humanitarian situation, the secretary- general noted shortages of food stocks and fuel and growing concerns over access to water and medical care, the spokesman said. "He also noted an outbreak of measles reported recently in the southwestern city of Sabha, and a lack of vaccines and other drugs in the country."

"The UN's humanitarian efforts are taking place under extremely difficult circumstances," the secretary-general said.

The secretary-general also said he would continue to emphasize, with world leaders and other key interlocutors, the importance of planning of post-conflict planning on Libya.

On Friday, the secretary-general spoke over telephone with Libyan Prime Minister Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi and expressed his deep concern regarding the humanitarian situation, the spokesman added.

Source: Xinhua
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