At UN, Libya's new leaders seek support to thwart terrorist threat
Libya’s interim government says capturing Qaddafi is a matter of security and stability not just for Libya, but for the region and beyond.
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Diplomats at the UN in New York say Libya’s new leadership is taking the same message to meetings with world leaders on the margins of the UN General Assembly’s annual opening session which began last week.Skip to next paragraph
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Mr. Jibril met in New York with President Obama last week before a high-level meeting on Libya. He and other TNC members met with a long line of international leaders before Mr. Jibril addressed the General Assembly on Saturday and then met with the Security Council on Monday.
Evidence of the lingering support for Qaddafi came from Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe, who on Sunday accused African countries that recognize the TNC as Libya’s legitimate government of being “sellouts.”
Libya’s new leaders have also had rocky relations with next-door neighbor Algeria, in part over the role Islamists would play in a new Libya.
Algiers miffed the TNC leadership when it allowed one of Qaddafi’s daughters and other family members to flee into Algeria. Algerian officials said the move a humanitarian gesture because the daughter is pregnant.
But since entering Algeria members of the Qaddafi group have given repeated media interviews, prompting the Algerian government this week to threaten deportation if they do not stop.
In his meetings with leaders of the international community, Jibril has stressed that capturing Qaddafi and draining his remaining reservoirs of support is a matter of security and stability not just for Libya, but for the region and beyond.
Noting that Qaddafi stockpiled large quantities of arms including chemical weapons, Jibril emphasized the need for help from the international community in tackling the Qaddafi threat.
Some UN officials second Jibril’s concerns, at least the urgent need to secure Libya’s weaponry.
“The spread of these weapons and the danger they could fall into the hands of terrorists are matters of grave concern,” said Lynn Pascoe, the UN’s under-secretary-general for political affairs, at Monday’s Security Council meeting.
“Reestablishing control over chemical weapons material is of paramount importance.”
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