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UN chief calls on Gaddafi's forces to stop fighting, make way for smooth transition

(Xinhua)

08:54, August 23, 2011

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon Monday called on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's forces to stop fighting immediately and make way for a smooth transition.

"The dramatic scenes we are witnessing in Libya are testament to the courage and determination of the Libyan people to set a free and democratic future," Ban told reporters at the UN headquarters in New York.

"I welcome the assurances given by the chairman of the National Transitional Council (NTC) Mustafa Abdul Jalil that extreme care would be taken to protect people and public institutions and to maintain law and order," he said.

Ban said he intends to hold an urgent meeting on Libya this week with the heads of regional and international organizations including the African Union, League of Arab States, Organization of Islamic Cooperation and European Union.

He said his special envoy on Libya Abdel-Elah Al Khatib has been in close contact with the leadership of the NTC and will continue his efforts. Khatib and Ban's special advisor on post- conflict planning, Ian Martin, will travel to Doha to meet with the leadership of the NTC.

"This is a hopeful moment but also there are risks ahead. Now is the time for all Libyans to focus on national unity, reconciliation, and inclusiveness," said Ban.

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Larrydu at 2011-08-2460.53.160.*
Ban Ki- moon Monday called on Muammar Gaddafi"s forces to stop fighting...make way for a smooth transition.]So, instead of condemning the NATO aggressors and asking them to stop fighting, Ban is asking the victims to stop defending their own country. The UN Charter can now be thrown into the sewage dump: it doesn"t mean anything anymore.
  

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