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Tripoli, Libya, 2 November 2011

President Al-Nasser concludes one-day visit to Libya

The President of the General Assembly, H.E. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, has concluded a one-day official visit to Libya, with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

They held meetings with the Chairman of the National Transitional Council, NTC, Mr. Mustafa Abdel Jalil, members of the NTC, newly-appointed Prime Minister, Mr. Abdel-Rahim al-Keeb, and other senior Libyan officials. They discussed a wide-range of issues, including the stabilisation of the security situation, reconstruction and reconciliation.

President Al-Nasser urged the Chairman and members of the NTC to provide exemplary leadership and continue efforts to promote full national reconciliation. He also underlined the important need for Libya’s transitional authorities to exercise full sovereignty by extending control over all Libyan territory, in order to prevent and curb the use of any illegal or unauthorized weapons.

The two top officials of the United Nations also visited a grave site and spoke with victims’ families. President Al-Nasser expressed his deepest condolences to the families and relatives of all those Libyans who have lost their lives. He stressed the need to respond urgently to the humanitarian needs of the Libyan people.

The President of the General Assembly stressed that the families of victims, in particular, must be assisted to know the fate of their loved ones. They must also be assisted to trace those who are still missing. Mr. Al-Nasser called for urgent financial and technical support to be provided to all those Libyans in need of assistance. He noted that, though the new authorities have been working hard and doing their best, the needs and challenges remained enormous.

In his meeting with representatives of Libyan Civil Society, President Al-Nasser commended them for the role they have played so far. He underlined the urgent need for them to mobilize their efforts in the reconstruction of their country.

The President of the General Assembly reiterated his call on all Libyans to unite at this important moment in their nation’s history so they could build a new nation that is free, democratic and guided by the rule of law and respect for human rights. He stressed the strong commitment of the United Nations to the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national unity of Libya.

During a meeting with United Nations staff in Tripoli, the President of the General Assembly paid tribute to the extraordinary work and dedication of staff of the UN and various humanitarian organizations who continued to help the people of Libya during the recent conflict. He encouraged all UN staff and institutions to work more closely with the Libyan authorities and Civil Society groups. He also stressed the need to provide adequate safety and security for staff of the UN and other international organizations as they continue to assist the Libyan people.

While re-affirming Libya’s national ownership of the reconstruction, reconciliation and democratization process, President Al-Nasser pledged the support and goodwill of the General Assembly, the Member States of the United Nations and the entire UN system, for the Government and people of Libya at this critical moment in the nation’s history.





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