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UN Security Council extends mandates of two Libya task forces

03-13-2012 08:20 BJT

UNITED NATIONS, March 12 (Xinhua) -- The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Monday to extend the mandates of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the panel of experts on the sanctions on Libya by a year.

The UNSMIL extension, according to the resolution, will be "subject to review within six months, under the leadership of a special representative of the secretary-general."

UNSMIL's current mandate expires on March 16.

The new mandate asks the mission to assist Libyan authorities to "define national needs and priorities throughout Libya and to match these with offers of strategic and technical advice, where appropriate."

Initially created in September 2011 to help restore public security and initiate economic recovery in the North African country for three months, UNSMIL was tasked with helping the current interim government, the Transitional National Council, with regards to elections and the drafting of a new Libyan constitution.

Meanwhile, the 15-member council encourages the panel of experts, whose current mandate expires on March 17, "to counter illicit proliferation of all arms and related material of all types, in particular man-portable surface-to-air missiles and to secure and manage Libya's borders."

The panel was set up under Resolution 1970, which was unanimously adopted on Feb. 26, 2011 to impose sanctions on Libya, including an arms embargo against the Libyan authorities and travel bans and an asset freeze directed at former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and his key family members.

The latest resolution further "underscores the importance of the full implementation of the arms embargo," and asks the panel to review the freeze "continuously" and "lift the designation of these entities as soon as practical to ensure the assets are made available to and for the benefit of the people of Libya."

The resolution also expresses hope for a "future for Libya based on national reconciliation, justice, respect for human rights and the rule of law."

Speaking after the passage of the resolution, Ibrahim O.A. Dabbashi, deputy permanent representative of Libya to the UN, said the resolution reflected "renewed evidence of the Security Council's support for the people of Libya."

"It is also evidence of the council's keenness to maintain the security and stability of Libya at this historic juncture of its life and history," he said.

Calling the role of UNSMIL "indispensable," he said it was especially critical "since the new Libyan authorities have inherited a country that is almost free of state institutions."

Editor:Wang Lingfei |Source: Xinhua

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