UN envoy: Libya must quickly address security

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The U.N. envoy to Libya says the country's new leaders must act quickly to address major security challenges that have led to serious outbreaks of fighting and impose control over rival militias, tribes and armed backers of Moammar Gadhafi's ousted regime.

Tarek Mitri told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that a year after Gadhafi's overthrow, Libya has moved forward in its political transformation. He pointed to Parliament's approval on Oct. 31 of a new Cabinet and progress "towards stabilizing a country bereft of democracy, institutions, human rights and rule of law over the last 42 years."

But Mitri said pressure is mounting on the new government from the Libyan people "to act decisively and quickly to build and reform" state security institutions including the military, police and judiciary.

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