UN humanitarian Coordinator reaches Libya

UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya Rashid Khalikov has arrived in Tripoli along with a small support team to ensure the delivery of humanitarian assistance in the strife-torn country.

Tripoli on Saturday and will meet Libyan government officials to discuss access for humanitarian aid workers throughout Libya and ensure that humanitarian assistance can be delivered.

Abdul Ilah Khatib, the former foreign minister of Jordan, who has been appointed as Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's special envoy for Libya, is also expected to leave for the country on Sunday.

"Our most immediate challenge is humanitarian," Ban said this week.

"With each day, the death toll mounts and the situation of the Libyan people grow more desperate."

"I have instructed Khatib to convey, in no uncertain terms, the concerns of the United Nations and the international community as expressed in Security Council resolutions," Ban said.

He also condemned the Yemen government's crackdown on peaceful protestors on Saturday, which led to the death of several people and the injury of many others.

Security forces fired at a peaceful demonstration of nearly 100,000 protesters in the capital Sanaa killing at least four protesters and injuring hundreds.

"He (Ban) urges the Government and opposition groups to reach an understanding on entering into a genuine and broad based dialogue leading to concrete results so as to avert a further deterioration of the situation," said a statement from Ban's office.
 
 
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