News / Middle East

World Powers Agree on Aid Package for Libyan Rebels

Spanish Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez talks to the journalists before the third meeting of Contact Group on Libya in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, June 9, 2011
Spanish Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez talks to the journalists before the third meeting of Contact Group on Libya in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, June 9, 2011
TEXT SIZE - +

Nations backing military action in Libya have finalized a monetary fund to assist the country’s opposition and pledged more than one billion dollars to the rebels' cause. At a meeting in Abu Dhabi, members of the Libya Contact Group also said that their attention is now focused on preparing the North African nation for a post-Moammar Gadhafi era.

Speaking at the end of Thursday's meeting, UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan assured that the financial mechanism agreed to would satisfy the needs of the Transitional National Council, the political body formed to represent Libya’s anti-government rebels.

The total amount of aid on offer is still to be tallied. But on Thursday nations pledged more than one billion dollars. Officials previously agreed to set up the temporary fund during talks in Rome last month.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says there is now consensus that the rebel council is ready to handle the support.

"There was a lot of work done led by the Qataris, the Emiratis and the Kuwaitis and many of the rest of us to establish this mechanism with sufficient transparency and accountability because the last thing we want is to put the TNC in a position where the money flows, but they don’t have the systems in place to put it to good use. We think that they do now and we’re working to assist them," she said.

Officials have stipulated that the money on offer is meant to cover “necessary” costs like salaries and food supplies and not be used for weapons purchases.

NATO this week extended its air operation in Libya for another 90 days and intensified its bombing in the capital, Tripoli.  Mr. Gadhafi said he would remain in his country “dead or alive.”

But officials meeting in Abu Dhabi, including Australia’s Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, believe the defiant leader is rapidly losing legitimacy.

"The overall conclusion of this conference is that the days of Gadhafi are coming to an end and that they are coming potentially to a rapid end and therefore the challenge of the international community is to prepare for a post-Gadhafi Libya," he said.

Rudd said the Libya Contact Group is now focusing on building an interim administration to govern Libya after Mr. Gadhafi’s exit. He also brought attention to the humanitarian situation, saying more needs to be done to ensure that Libyans affected by war have food, shelter and medical aid.

Latest reports say nearly one-sixth of Libyan nationals have been displaced by the conflict.

You May Like

Video Pope Francis Hopes Dual Canonizations Will Reconcile Church

John the XXIII and John Paul II will be made saints in a ceremony at St. Peter’s Square on April 27 More

Thailand Reacts to Plots Targeting Israelis

Authorities hope arrest of two Lebanese suspects will disrupt plot to attack young Israeli tourists More

Video In Capturing Nature's Majesty, Film Makes Case for Its Survival

'Once Upon a Forest' takes viewers deep into heart of tropical rainforest 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.
Pope Francis Hopes Dual Canonizations Will Reconcile Churchi
|| 0:00:00
...
 
🔇
X
Jerome Socolovsky
April 22, 2014 4:14 PM
On April 27, two popes - John the XXIII and John Paul II - will be made saints in a ceremony at St. Peter’s Square. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky says the dual canonization is part of the current pope’s program to reconcile liberals and conservatives in the Roman Catholic Church.
Video

Video Pope Francis Hopes Dual Canonizations Will Reconcile Church

On April 27, two popes - John the XXIII and John Paul II - will be made saints in a ceremony at St. Peter’s Square. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky says the dual canonization is part of the current pope’s program to reconcile liberals and conservatives in the Roman Catholic Church.
Video

Video In Capturing Nature's Majesty, Film Makes Case for Its Survival

French filmmaker Luc Jacquet won worldwide acclaim for his 2005 Academy Award-winning documentary "March of the Penguins". Now Jacquet is back with a new film that takes movie-goers deep into the heart of a tropical rainforest - not only to celebrate its grandeur, but to make the case for its survival. VOA's Rosanne Skirble reports.
Video

Video Boston Marathon Bittersweet for Many Runners

Monday's running of the Boston Marathon was bittersweet for many of the 36,000 participants as they finished the run that was interrupted by a double bombing last year. Many gathered along the route paid respect to the four people killed as a result of two bombings near the finish line. VOA's Carolyn Presutti returned to Boston this year to follow two runners, forever changed because of the crimes.
Video

Video Pacific Rim Trade Deal Proves Elusive

With the U.S.-led war in Iraq ended and American military involvement in Afghanistan winding down, President Barack Obama has sought to pivot the country's foreign policy focus towards Asia. One aspect of that pivot is the negotiation of a free-trade agreement among 12 Pacific Rim nations. But as Obama leaves this week on a trip to four Asian countries he has found it very difficult to complete the trade pact. VOA's Ken Bredemeier has more from Washington.
Video

Video Robotic Mission Kicks Up Lunar Dust

A robotic mission to the moon was deliberately crashed onto the lunar surface late last week, but not before scientists had collected data gathered by the spacecraft which was designed to self-destruct. VOA's Rosanne Skirble reports on the preliminary findings of the craft, called LADEE - an acronym for Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer.
Video

Video Boko Haram Claims Responsibility for Bombing in Nigerian Capital

The Nigerian militant group known as Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for a bombing in the capital on April 14th that killed 75 people. In the video message, Abubakar Shekau, the man who says he ordered the bombing, says nothing about the mass abduction of more than 100 teenage girls, most of whom are still missing. Heather Murdock has more for VOA from Abuja.
Video

Video Ukraine Developments Hang Over Obama Trip to Asia

President Barack Obama's trip to Asia this week comes as concerns over Beijing's territorial ambitions are growing in the region. Those concerns have been compounded by Russia's recent actions in Ukraine and the possibility that Chinese strategists might be looking to Crimea as a model for its territorial disputes with its neighbors. VOA's Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
Video

Video Autistic Adults Face Housing, Job Challenges

Many parents of children with disabilities fear for the future of their adult child. It can be difficult to find services to help adults with disabilities - physical, mental or emotional - find work or live on their own. The mother of an autistic boy set up a foundation to advocate for the estimated 1.2 million American adults with autism, a developmental disorder that causes communication difficulties and often social difficulties. VOA's Faiza Elmasry reports.
AppleAndroid