UN envoy heads to Libya to end violence

Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon hopes to end the fighting as well as address broader political issues

By Associated Press
March 11, 2011 10:58PM (UTC)
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A Libyan volunteer carries ammunition on the outskirts of the eastern town of Ras Lanouf, Libya, Thursday, March 10, 2011. Government forces drove hundreds of rebels from a strategic oil port with rockets and tank shells on Thursday, significantly expanding Moammar Gadhafi's control of Libya. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill) (AP)

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is sending a special envoy to Libya on an urgent mission to try to end the escalating violence and ensure that humanitarian aid gets to those in need.

Ban told reporters Friday he also expects his envoy, former Jordanian foreign minister Abdelilah Al-Khatib, to be engaged in the broader dimension of the Libyan crisis, including political issues.


He said Al-Khatib would leave New York over the weekend with a U.N. delegation and arrive in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, early next week.

Ban said the most immediate challenge is the humanitarian aspect because civilians have borne the brunt of the violence.

Al-Khatib called it a "delicate and crucial mission" and said he is "prepared to meet all parties concerned."

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