Ban ki-moon Said Urgently END The Fighting In Libya

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has called for the international community to work together to restore order in Libya and for fighting to end. In New York, U.N. Questions have emerged in recent days about whether the new rebel government, the Transitional National Council, is prepared to police the country.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he had talked with heads of the organizations, which included the League of Arab States, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the African Union and the European Union. The secretary-general said leaders of the four regional organizations agreed with the U.N. that “there is an urgent need to put an end to the conflict and restore order and stability.”

Ban said the crisis had entered a “new and decisive phase” and said the emphasis must now be on ensuring there was a smooth transition of leadership. “All agreed that the crisis in Libya has entered a new and decisive phase,” he said. “All agreed, as well, on the importance of a smooth transition.”

He said the international community needs to coordinate a single action plan with the UN playing “an essential coordinating role.” The international community must also come together and help Libya deal with shortages of fuel, food, medical supplies and water, he said.

While on the other hand, Al Jazeera reports that Libyan rebels have defeated Muammar Gaddafi loyalists at a border crossing with Tunisia, seizing control of a key check post that could open much-need supply routes into the country. Rebel forces raised their flag late on Friday on the Ras Ajdir border post, the primary crossing between Libya and Tunisia, in a win that will allow them to bring in supplies and aid to the capital, Tripoli.

( / 27.08.2011)

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