New York, September 24, 2011
New York, September 24, 2011
Morocco World News
The annual high-level opening week of the United Nations General Assembly, which brings world leaders to New York, had its share of high-level meetings on Libya .
They kicked off with the UN Secretary General’s summit on Libya on Tuesday which saw the participation of over 50 heads of state and government. The meeting discussed the situation in Libya and explored ways to help the Libyan people make a smooth transition towards democracy and the rule of law.
Later that day, the UN hosted a technical coordination meeting attended by the head of the Libyan Stabilization Steering Group, in which the modalities of international support to Libya was discussed.
On Thursday another high-level, but more intimate, meeting brought together top diplomats from the countries most involved in Libya, including the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Italy, as well as the UN Secretary General Representative in Libya, Ian Martin, and Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs, Lynn Pascoe. Mahmoud Gibril, President of the Executive board of the NTC was also among the participants.
The participants agreed that the NTC is bond by a commitment to accelerate the building of institutions so as to protect the country and its borders and it is in light of this responsibility that the international community placed its trust on the Transitional Council and recognized it as the legitimate authority in Libya .
The participants agreed that the State of Qatar will host a meeting that will be chaired by the NTC, in which and Libyan stakeholders that played a leading role in the liberation of Libya from the tyranny it was subjected to. The meeting will discuss ways to build the new Libya , enhance security, as well the establishment of security-related institutions.
The participants renewed their support to the Libyan people in liberating every part of their country’s territory under the leadership of the National Transitional Council.
Last week, the NTC was awarded Libya ’s seat in the General Assembly three days after the opening of the sixty-sixth session of the UN General Assembly. On 20 September 2011, during the high-level meeting on Libya , the African Union officially recognized the NTC as the legitimate representative of Libyan people.
World leaders gathered during the same high-level meeting pledged their full support for the NTC and the Libyan people as they emerge from the seven-month-long fighting that ended the rule of Mouamar Gaddafi.
Also last week, the United Nations Security Council, upon the recommendation of the United Nations Secretary General, and the request of the Libyan NTC, authorized the deployment of a UN mission in Libya . The newly-established UN Mission, known as the United Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and headed by British diplomat Ian Martin, will be tasked with the responsibility to help the NTC to restore security and order, strengthen the rule of law and the extension of State authority over the country, promote national reconciliation through political dialogue and human rights protection, economic recovery and transitional justice.