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UN Security Council briefed on latest developments in Libya

03-15-2011 07:37 BJT

UNITED NATIONS, March 14 (Xinhua) -- The UN Security Council on Monday met in a closed-door session to receive an update on the latest developments in Libya amid concerns about the ongoing fighting in the country, a UN spokesman told reporters here.

The briefing from the UN under-secretary-general for political affairs, B. Lynn Pascoe, came as the UN secretary-general's special envoy for Libya, Abdul Ilah Khatib, is on his way to the North African country, the UN spokesman, Farhan Haq, said at a daily news briefing.

Khatib and UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon met over the weekend to discuss the situation in Libya, and the special envoy has since departed from New York, Haq said.

Meanwhile, the UN humanitarian coordinator for Libya, Rashid Khalikov, arrived in Tripoli, the capital of Libya, over the weekend.

"He has met with authorities to discuss access for humanitarian aid workers throughout the country," Haq said.

The Libyan government has informed Khalikov that his mission would be granted access to locations outside Tripoli during his visit, including to areas of recent fighting, the spokesman said.

The UN humanitarian coordinator's team has observed that Tripoli appears calm, with shops being open and people moving freely in the city, said Haq. "But it has also observed a large number of migrant workers forming long lines outside airport terminals and in makeshift camps outside the airport."



Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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