U.N. envoy talks to Libya about transition

The U.N.'s special envoy for Libya has held talks with Libya's prime minister and foreign minister, and raised ideas about managing a transition in the country, a statement from U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon's office said on Sunday.

Ban's Special Envoy for Libya, Abdul Elah Al-Khatib, traveled to Tripoli on Saturday and talked with prime minister Al-Baghdadi Ali Al-Mahmoudi and foreign minister Abdelati Obeidi.

"He underscored the need for a political solution to the crisis that spares the Libyan people further suffering and meets their legitimate demands and aspirations for a democratic future," the statement said.

He raised ideas about managing a transition in Libya and listened to the government's views about the impact of sanctions and NATO operations, the statement said.

Al-Khatib will brief Ban and the U.N. Security Council on Monday about his ongoing efforts, the statement said.

Ban also spoke with Libya's prime minister by telephone on Thursday about the need to end the current fighting in the North African nation.

NATO warplanes have been bombing Libya under a U.N. mandate to protect civilians in the country. Muammar Gaddafi has rejected any suggestion that he give up power and he has described the NATO campaign as an act of colonial aggression aimed at stealing Libya's oil.

[Source: Reuters, United Nations, 10Jul11]

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