United Nations: Before heading to London
to attend a conference on Libya, UN chief Ban Ki-moon has said that there were no signs of a ceasefire in the North African
country where Muammar Gaddafi's forces are battling rebels.
"Despite repeated claims by the Libyan authorities, we
continue to see no evidence of a cease-fire, nor any steps by
the Libyan authorities to fulfill their obligations under
resolutions 1970 and 1973," Ban told the General Assembly
"We continue to have serious concerns about the
protection of civilians and respect for human rights and
international humanitarian law, and we continue to stress the
urgent need for humanitarian access," he added.
"For my part, I will continue to engage in
wide-ranging diplomatic efforts aimed at a cease-fire and a
political solution," Ban told members of the world body.
Ban's special envoy to Libya, former Jordanian foreign
minister Abdelilah Al-Khatib, will join him at the London conference, which will be attended by more than 40 countries.
On February 26, the Council slapped sanctions on the
Libyan regime including an arms embargo, an asset freeze and
travel ban on Gaddafi and his loyalists, and a referral to the
Hague-based International Criminal Court.
In March, the Security Council called for an immediate
ceasefire, establishing a no-fly zone and authorized "all
necessary measures" for protecting civilians in Libya.
India, China, Russia, Brazil and Germany abstained
from voting on the resolution, which was co-authored by
Britain and France.
The committee to monitor the sanctions against Libya
is set to begin work, according to Portuguese Ambassador
Jose Filipe Moraes Cabral.
"Broadly speaking, the Committee's tasks include
overseeing the arms embargo, travel ban, assets freeze and,
ban on flights of Libyan aircraft," he told the Security
Cabral said that the request will be sent to the
member-states of the UN to inform the committee about how they
are implementing the sanctions.
First Published: Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 14:19