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Ban Ki-moon visits Libya with promises

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Ban Ki-moon visits Libya with promises


The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has made his first visit to Libya since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.

He promised the new administration that the UN would do everything it could to help ensure any nuclear or chemical weapons materials did not fall into the wrong hands.

“The former regime under Gaddafi has reported to the relevant international United Nations organisations on nuclear materials as well as chemical weapons,” he said.

The UN Security Council also heard from the International Criminal Court about the ongoing hunt for Gaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam.

“We are also receiving information that a group of mercenaries may be endeavouring to facilitate Saif al-Islam’s escape from Libya,” said the ICC’s Chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo.

Beyond the problem of Saif providing a rallying point for Gaddafi diehards, the question of unsupervised weapons lying around Libya is key. Some may find their way to Saif; others may reach terrorist groups outside the country.

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