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UN Condemns Killing of US Diplomats

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon listens to a speech in the Swiss National Council during his visit in the Autumn Parliament Session in Bern, September 11, 2012.UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon listens to a speech in the Swiss National Council during his visit in the Autumn Parliament Session in Bern, September 11, 2012.
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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon listens to a speech in the Swiss National Council during his visit in the Autumn Parliament Session in Bern, September 11, 2012.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon listens to a speech in the Swiss National Council during his visit in the Autumn Parliament Session in Bern, September 11, 2012.
Margaret Besheer
The United Nations Security Council and the secretary-general have added their voices to those strongly condemning the killing of four U.S. diplomatic staff members in Libya, including the ambassador.

U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three of his staff members were killed in an attack late Tuesday on the U.S. consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi.  The attack occurred during a protest against an amateur short film made in the United States that insulted the Prophet Muhammad.

In a statement condemning the violence, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the world body rejects defamation of religion in all forms, but added that there is no justification for the attack on the U.S. consulate.

Speaking at a previously scheduled Security Council briefing on Libya, U.N. political chief Jeffrey Feltman reminded the Libyan authorities of their obligation to protect diplomatic facilities and personnel and said this and other incidents underscore one of Libya's main challenges, security.

"This attack, together with a spate of assassinations of security personnel in Benghazi, a series of explosive devices in Tripoli, and attacks on Sufi shrines, further emphasize the security challenges facing the authorities in Libya," said Feltman.

Feltman, a former senior U.S. State Department official who knew Ambassador Stevens well, cited some progress in Libya's transition to democracy.  He said the August 8 transfer of authority from the National Transitional Council to the 200-member General National Congress was a "historic moment."

"For the first time in over four decades, Libya now has a democratically-elected body," Feltman added.

Feltman said the U.N. Mission in Libya would focus its advisory and coordination efforts on areas including national security structure, police reform, preventing arms proliferation, and border security, and he added the United Nations is ready to assist the Libyans on issues involving their constitution.

The U.N. announced the mission will undergo a change of leadership next month, when envoy Ian Martin steps down and is replaced by Tarek Mitri, a former Lebanese minister and academic.

Libya's deputy ambassador, Ibrahim Dabbashi, said the attack on the U.S. consulate was carried out by an "extremist group" acting outside the law and gravely damaged the image of Islam.

Dabbashi reiterated his government's strong condemnation of the attack, said an investigation is underway and that those responsible would be brought to justice.  Dabbashi noted several members of the Libyan security forces also were killed during the incident.

Ambassador Dabbashi told reporters afterwards that Libya still faces enormous challenges, especially on the security front.

"We have to say the reality - that the authority of the government is still not covering the whole territory of Libya and there are some groups and persons who are outlaws and the government could not until this moment contain all of them," Dabbashi explained.

The envoy paid tribute to Ambassador Stevens as a great friend of the Libyan people, and praised his bravery for remaining in the country during the revolution.

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by: Plain Mirror from: Ivory coast
September 13, 2012 2:49 PM
Oh! US for how long would you continue like this?... foverver? US advices world nations but has been unable to advice itself. Oh yes, why not? How can it advice itself constructively whereas what it projects to other nations are nothing but destructive? Whatever measure you use on anybody, the same shall be used on you. Read christain bible in book of Mathew chapter 7vs 1-4. So much paparazzi is killing the US. Sit back, re-think and re-adjust, US could not do that. The truth is that US has attracted so much haterade to itself. Killing the true Islamic leaders has started costing the US a lot. You killed Ghaddafi without pity, now you expected the radicals to pity for you, LOl. UN should advice the US, but it is quite unfortunate the UN wouldn't do that because both tow the same line of wickedness. In conclusion, the law of cama must take its course. What the US sow, that it shall reap. The wicked must be purnished and there would never be peace for the wicked!! May the souls of the departed victims rest in peace, amen!

by: Mike from: California
September 13, 2012 10:54 AM
Thanks! Now what is the UN going to do about it?

by: LeRoy Padmore from: Jersey City,NJ
September 13, 2012 3:52 AM
We are deeply sorry for the lost of our Ambassador and Staff that was killed in Libya tuesday morning,may their soul rest in peace.our prayer goes to their family.The Muslim people are violent set of people,ignorant to moderm society.what that film has to do with mohammed?he dead and go anyway.but these are the same people our Government help to take Gaddafi out of power,we told your these people are enemy to Israel and America,we need to face that truth.it is shame for Mr.Obama to sit there and do nothing about this situation.when Gaddafi was there,this mess was not going on.likewise Mubarak,we took the wrong man out of power'Mubarak kept America interest. like wise when President Bush told Gaddafi to destroy his nuclear facility,he did.the real problem was and is Iran.Mr.Obama plan is to bring America down to its knee.you mark my word,if you dont believed me just read his book.Mr.Obama needs to go.we need to vote him out of office.we need someone that love our nation and stand for that which our fore father build.your children and my children need to live freely with out fear.God Bless America,God Bless the American people.

by: Abugrago Yahaya Sumaila from: U.DS-WA CAMPUS
September 12, 2012 5:21 PM
oh Mr.ambassador and your staff may your soul rest in perfect peace,but an urgent parameter should be put in place to avert the level of lawlessness that have engulf Libya after the fall of Gathaffi regime or else the oil rich country will end up losing investors.

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