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Libya Seeks World's Help to Fight Terrorism

FILE - Rebels under Libyan rebel leader Ibrahim Jathran guard the entrance of the al-Ghani oil field.
FILE - Rebels under Libyan rebel leader Ibrahim Jathran guard the entrance of the al-Ghani oil field.
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Libya is calling on the international community to help it fight what it says is a war on terrorism.

In a statement released late Wednesday, the country's interim government said it especially wants United Nations assistance in uprooting terrorism from Libyan cities.

It said terror groups are operating in Benghazi, Sirte and other places.

Benghazi was the site of a car bombing on Monday that killed at least seven people.

The government has been struggling with security since the 2011 overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi. Different militia groups that helped oust the longtime leader continue to operate over wide areas of Libya, including in eastern Libya, where they have seized control of major ports.

Interim leaders have ordered Libyan special forces to recapture the ports in the coming weeks.

On Monday, U.S. Navy SEALs took control of an oil tanker that had loaded crude oil from the rebel-held port of As-Sidra before evading Libyan forces to sail into international waters near Cyprus.

Libya has said rebels cannot legally sell the country's oil, but the loss of control of the eastern ports has crippled the government's ability to sell oil and seen exports fall 80 percent.

The United Nations responded to the situation Wednesday with a Security Council resolution banning illicit sales of crude oil from Libya.

The measure also authorizes member states to inspect vessels suspected of carrying stolen oil and to take appropriate actions to return the crude to Libya.

Ibrahim Dabbashi, Libya's ambassador to the U.N., thanked the Security Council for taking action and showing it is ready to come to Libya's aid.

"I want to speak to you today to express the thanks the government of Libya and people of Libya to the members of the Security Council for having responded quickly to the request made to the Security Council in order to take a position in regard to the attempts to circumvent Libyan oil and attacks on Libyan sovereignty and sovereignty of our own resources. The position of the Security Council today, the adoption of this resolution reaffirms the commitment of the Security Council to respect the rules of international law. Moreover this gives a clear signal to the Libyan government -- the Security Council is therefore prepared to come to Libya's aid when Libya needs this assistance," said Dabbashi.

There is currently a U.N. support mission in Libya, which the Security Council voted last week to extend through March 2015. The mission is tasked with supporting Libya's government through its political transition with elections and a new constitution, as well as protecting human rights and controlling the proliferation of arms in the country.

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by: Not Again from: Canada
March 20, 2014 9:25 PM
Lybia needs to be stabilized, it is a very important supplier of hydrocarbons. Any area in which terrorist rule, they become the main export of the area. The US Administration has unfinished business with these same terrorists. The gvmt of Lybia is asking for help; help needs to be provided, providence provides the opportunity, so that Lybia does not become a net exporter of terrorism, a two week mission, with limited air AC130 ++ resources used wisely, will do the job easily, and close the ledger.

by: skai from: uk
March 20, 2014 7:32 PM
Libyans wanted freedom, now let them fight and kill each other , until they are no more. No Western Governments should go there, get your muslim brothers to help you. UN MUST be dismantled .What a waste of funds.

by: meanbill from: USA
March 20, 2014 9:18 AM
The only way to end the chaos and violence to the (6) million plus Libyans living in Libya, is for them to nationalize the foreign oil companies..
The (6) million plus Libyans must realize it's the foreign oil and gas companies, (and their countries), that are fomenting the chaos and violence for the exact purpose for the excuse to bring foreign troops into Libya, to protect the foreign oil companies and countries interests.. The (6) million plus Libyans must realize that the foreign oil and gas companies, (and countries), will send in foreign troops to protect and take the oil and gas from them... NATIONALIZE the foreign oil and gas companies before bringing foreign troops in Libya, (to save your country from being robbed)..

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