UN extends political mission in Libya

Last Updated: Monday, March 12, 2012 - 22:17

United Nations: The UN Security Council on Monday voted unanimously to extend its political mission in Libya with a mandate to support the government in promoting democracy, restoring public security, and eliminating the flood of weapons in the country especially shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles.

A resolution extending the UN mission for a year was adopted unanimously at the start of a ministerial meeting on challenges from last year`s Arab Spring.

Among those attending the meeting were US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the foreign ministers of Russia, Britain, France and Germany.

Libya celebrated the first anniversary of the start of its revolution on Feb 17, but its government faces a host of problems, first and foremost asserting authority over the country. Hundreds of armed militias that helped oust Muammar
Gaddafi are the real power on the ground, wielding control over cities, neighbourhoods and borders.

The country has been plagued by revenge attacks by those who suffered at the hands of Gaddafi`s forces during the brutal civil war that ousted the Libyan dictator after more than four decades.

PTI




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