UN To Launch New Libya Aid Appeal

The United Nations is launching an emergency interagency aid appeal for Libya on Wednesday (May 18), according to the organization’s humanitarian aid coordinator in the African country.

Panos Moumtzis said the new appeal is needed to boost funding for U.N. aid agencies, Reuters reports. It will build on the organization’s initial aid appeal, he added.

Moumtzis said he is also negotiating with Libyan authorities on conditions for his return to Tripoli, including assurances such as a temporary pause in hostilities to allow the United Nations to carry out its humanitarian operations.

The United Nations evacuated its international staff out of Tripoli earlier this month after its office in the city was ransacked.

“We hope [the return] will happen within the coming days,” Moumtzis said, according to Reuters. “The Libyan authorities have provided assurances and they have also apologized for the ransacking of the U.N. house.”

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