News / Africa

UN Chief Dispatching Special Envoy to Libya

U.N. Secretary-General Ban-Ki-Moon (file)
U.N. Secretary-General Ban-Ki-Moon (file)
Margaret Besheer

The U.N. Secretary-General says he will dispatch his new special envoy for Libya to that country in the coming days. Ban Ki-moon said Friday that stopping the violence is his top priority.

Ban said the fighting between the government forces of Moammar Gadhafi and anti-government rebels is escalating and the death toll is mounting daily.

"Civilians have borne the brunt of violence; increasingly they are being targeted,” Ban said. “My message has been strong and consistent: the violence must stop; humanitarian aid must get to those in need; those responsible for violence against civilians will be held accountable. A peaceful resolution must be found."

Ban said he will travel himself to the region late next week to meet officials in Egypt and Tunisia, where over the past three weeks more than 200,000 mostly migrant workers have fled to escape the violence in Libya. Those two nations have also recently undergone dramatic changes of government brought on by protesters’ demands.

Earlier this week, Ban’s office announced he had appointed a former Jordanian foreign minister as his special envoy for Libya. The secretary-general told reporters Abdel Ilah Al-Khatib and a team including senior humanitarian officials, U.N. political officers and officials from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights will go to the Libyan capital Tripoli early next week.

"Their objective will be to assess the situation on the ground and undertake broad consultations with the Libyan authorities on the immediate humanitarian, political and security situation,” he added. "I have instructed Al-Khatib to convey, in no uncertain terms, the concerns of the United Nations and the international community as expressed in Security Council resolutions."

The new envoy joined the Secretary-General in addressing the press Friday. He was asked if he would also meet with members of the opposition National Transitional Council during his trip.

"I will try to learn as much as possible about the details of the situation on the ground, and I am prepared to meet all parties concerned,” Al-Khatib said. “I think that is essential in order to know the positions and the views of all parties."

After Al-Khatib’s Libya trip, he will meet Ban in the region to brief him and discuss the U.N.’s course of action going forward.

You May Like

Ebola Death Toll Nears 5,000 as Virus Advances

West Africa bears heaviest burden; Mali toddler’s death raises new fears More

Jordan’s Battle With Islamic State Militants Carries Domestic Risks

Despite Western concerns that IS militants are preparing a Jordanian offensive, analysts call the kingdom's solid intel a strong deterrent More

Asian-Americans Assume Office in Record Numbers

Steadily deepening engagement in local politics pays off for politicians like Chinese-American Judy Chu More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Talks to Resume on Winter Gas for Ukrainei
X
Al Pessin
October 25, 2014 4:21 PM
Ukrainian and Russian officials will meet again next week in an effort to settle their dispute over natural gas supplies that threatens to leave Ukraine short of heating fuel for the coming winter. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London the dispute is complex, and has both economic and geopolitical dimensions.
Video

Video Talks to Resume on Winter Gas for Ukraine

Ukrainian and Russian officials will meet again next week in an effort to settle their dispute over natural gas supplies that threatens to leave Ukraine short of heating fuel for the coming winter. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London the dispute is complex, and has both economic and geopolitical dimensions.
Video

Video Smugglers Offer Cheap Passage From Turkey to Syria

Smugglers in Turkey offer a relatively cheap passage across the border into Syria. Ankara has stepped up efforts to stem the flow of foreign fighters who want to join Islamic State militants fighting for control of the Syrian border city of Kobani. But porous borders and border guards who can be bribed make illegal border crossings quite easy. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video Comanche Chief Quanah Parker’s Century-Old House Falling Apart

One of the most fascinating people in U.S. history was Quanah Parker, the last chief of the American Indian tribe, the Comanche. He was the son of a Comanche warrior and a white woman who had been captured by the Indians. Parker was a fierce warrior until 1875 when he led his people to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and took on a new, peaceful life. As VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Cache, Oklahoma, Quanah’s image remains strong among his people, but part of his heritage is in danger of disappearing.
Video

Video China Political Meeting Seeks to Improve Rule of Law

China’s communist leaders will host a top level political meeting this week, called the Fourth Plenum, and for the first time in the party’s history, rule of law will be a key item on the agenda. Analysts and Chinese media reports say the meetings could see the approval of long-awaited measures aimed at giving courts more independence and include steps to enhance an already aggressive and high-reaching anti-corruption drive. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
Video

Video After Decades of Pressure, Luxembourg Drops Bank Secrecy Rules

European Union finance ministers have reached a breakthrough agreement that will make it more difficult for tax cheats to hide their money. The new legislation, which had been blocked for years by countries with a reputation as tax havens, was approved last week after Luxembourg and Austria agreed to lift their vetoes. But as Mil Arcega reports, it doesn’t mean tax cheats have run out of places to keep their money hidden.
Video

Video Kobani Refugees Welcome, Turkey Criticizes, US Airdrop

Residents of Kobani in northern Syria have welcomed the airdrop of weapons, ammunition and medicine to Kurdish militia who are resisting the seizure of their city by Islamic State militants. The Turkish government, however, has criticized the operation. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from southeastern Turkey, across the border from Kobani.
Video

Video US ‘Death Cafes’ Put Focus on the Finale

In contemporary America, death usually is a topic to be avoided. But the growing “death café” movement encourages people to discuss their fears and desires about their final moments. VOA’s Jerome Socolovsky reports.
Video

Video Ebola Orphanage Opens in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone's first Ebola orphanage has opened in the Kailahun district. Hundreds of children orphaned since the beginning of the Ebola outbreak face stigma and rejection with nobody to care for them. Adam Bailes reports for VOA about a new interim care center that's aimed at helping the growing number of children affected by Ebola.

All About America

AppleAndroid