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UN official urges legal framework to "begin immediately" for Libya

03-01-2012 10:25 BJT

UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 29 (Xinhua) -- Ian Martin, special representative of the UN secretary-general for Libya, said here on Wednesday that to achieve the timetable for the expected elections in the North African country, "activities to implement the legal framework must begin immediately and progress swiftly."

Martin's statement came via teleconference as he briefed the UN Security Council on the situation in Libya.

"It is clear that the Libyan people are eager to move forward with the transition to democracy, and their most central expectation of the United Nations is that we will support them in doing so," Martin said.

He noted that it was "understandable" that the process for developing an electoral law took longer than envisaged due to the political complexities involved in deciding the basic electoral foundation for any country.

"Of utmost importance to the successful conduct of elections nationwide is of course a positive evolution of the security situation," Martin said. "The Libyan authorities will recognize that their foremost challenge is to address the future of the revolutionary fighters and the wide circulation of weapons, and to develop professional state security institutions under civilian control."

He said that the new government faces "tremendous challenges and a heavy legacy" from the former regime as it tries to tackle a wide assortment of activities, such as the illegal migration and smuggling, and to foster national reconciliation among tribes.

Martin added that the sense of responsibility of local leaders, and the push from civil society to play its own role and hold any future leadership accountable, "inspire not just hope but confidence that Libya will overcome its legacy and current difficulties."

Editor:Wang Lingfei |Source: Xinhua

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