New York

10 October 2013

Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Libya

The Secretary-General is relieved by the release of Prime Minister Ali Zeidan of Libya and emphasises his continued support to the Government of Libya. He reiterates his condemnation of the Prime Minister's abduction.

Libya is facing a deteriorating security situation and increasing acts of violence. The Secretary-General calls on all Libyan parties and the Libyan people to form consensus around national priorities and work towards building a strong, stable country, respectful of the rule of law and the protection of human rights.

The Secretary-General reiterates the support of the United Nations for the Libyan people as they aspire to establish a democratic state and move forward the political transformation of their country. He calls on the international community to provide assistance and support to the people of Libya in this process.