Libyan Transitional Council Outlines Post-conflict Priorities

    From left to right: Prime Minister of the National Transitional Council Mahmoud Jibril, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and Chairman of the NTC Mustafa Abdel Jalil. Photo by: Eskinder Debebe / UN

    Leaders of Libya’s National Transitional Council plan to focus on elections, national reconciliation and transitional justice as part of their post-conflict activities in the months ahead, according to a senior U.N. official who is in the country to help identify how the global body can support Libya’s post-conflict transition process.

    The NTC has been recognized by several U.N. member states, including the United States, France and Russia as the legitimate authority in Libya. The campaign to oust Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi gained significant grounds after fighters allied with the council successfully entered Tripoli in late August. Gadhafi’s current whereabouts, however, are still unknown.

    Ian Martin, the special adviser of the U.N. secretary-general for post-conflict planning for Libya, said NTC leaders have already identified “very clear priorities” in terms of the support they plan to seek from the global body. These include assistance to set up an electoral process and advice on national reconciliation and on establishing a balance between bringing human rights violators to justice and seeking national reconciliation.

    Martin is part of the U.N. team sent to Tripoli to assess the humanitarian, political and security situation there and lay the groundwork for re-establishing the United Nations’ presence in the city.

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