News / Africa

Libya Has Historic Day at UN

A wide view of the Security Council as members unanimously adopt resolution 2009 (2011), authorizing the deployment of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, September 16, 2011.
A wide view of the Security Council as members unanimously adopt resolution 2009 (2011), authorizing the deployment of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, September 16, 2011.
Margaret Besheer

It was a dramatic day for Libya at the United Nations. In the morning, the National Transitional Council, which now governs the country, was granted the Libyan seat in the General Assembly hall. In the afternoon, the U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution lifting some sanctions and easing others in an effort to help the North African nation as it moves into its new era.

The Security Council had imposed sanctions including asset freezes, an arms embargo and other measures on the government of Moammar Gadhafi in the spring, in a bid to stop his violent crackdown on anti-government protesters.

On Friday, the 15-member council lifted financial sanctions against some Libyan banks and companies and eased measures on others as it tries to help the interim government stabilize and rebuild the country. Germany’s U.N. Ambassador Peter Wittig said adoption of the resolution would help stimulate Libya’s economic recovery.

“By lifting and modifying the asset freeze, the local economy and trade will be kick-started," said Wittig. "However, this is a first step only. It is clear that eventually all economic sanctions shall be lifted for those entities under the control of the Libyan authorities.”

Support mission cleared

The Council also gave its authorization for a U.N. support mission of about 200 persons to deploy to Libya. British Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant explained some of what the mission will do.

“It establishes a U.N. Mission that will, among other things, provide support to Libyans in preparing for elections so that they can choose their own leaders; to assist institution building so they can provide services to their people; to help the promotion and protection of human rights; and to support steps towards economic recovery to ensure a prosperous and stable future for Libya,” said Grant.

But the resolution does not abolish the No Fly Zone over Libya, which was established to protect civilians from Gadhafi’s forces, that will continue for now. It does, though, allow the national airline to fly again. And it also eases an arms embargo to allow for the sale of weapons to Libya’s police and security forces, and for aid workers, media and security guards protecting U.N. staff to carry small weapons to protect themselves.

Revolutionary flag to fly

Libya’s deputy U.N. Ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi defected early in the uprising. He returned to the Security Council Friday to take up his seat again as deputy representative.

He said that the name of Libya - known under Gadhafi’s government as the Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya - has been changed to its original name - Libya. And he said the red, black and green flag of the revolution would soon fly over the United Nations.

Ambassador Dabbashi said the unanimous adoption of Friday’s resolution showed the continuing support of the United Nations for Libya. He also said it is an important step toward returning stability to the country, and launching reconstruction and development efforts.

Earlier Friday, the U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved the National Transitional Council’s request to take up Libya’s seat in the hall of nations, effectively recognizing the end of the 42-year long reign of Moammar Gadhafi.

You May Like

UN Watchdog Urges Israel to Probe Possible Gaza War Crimes

More than 2,100 Palestinians, most of them civilians, were killed in a 51-day war in Gaza, along with 67 Israeli soldiers and six civilians in Israel More

New Kenyan 'Thin SIMs' Poised to Transform African Mobile Money

Equity's new technology is approved in African nation for one-year trial, though industry leader Safaricom says thin SIMs could lead to data theft and fraud More

Solar's Future Looks Brighter

New technology and dropping prices are contributing to a surge in solar power 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 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