General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday the apparent defeat of the Moamer Gaddafi regime by rebel forces should result in an end to the months-long conflict in Libya, DPA reported.
"We are now looking for a quick conclusion of the conflict and sufferings of the Libyan people," Ban told the UN Security Council, which convened to discuss the fast-moving developments in Libya.
Ban said the National Transitional Council, which leads the fight against Gaddafi, has large control over Tripoli after Gaddafi's family members fled to Algeria. But Gaddafi's whereabouts remain unknown.
He said rebel forces have discovered large stockpiles of food and medicine kept by Gaddafi supporters before their defeat and they will be used to feed the people and help hospitals. He said large convoys were bringing relief supplies from Tunisia and Tripoli seaports were receiving aid from relief organizations.
Ban said he will attend the international conference on Libya in Paris on Thursday, where several national leaders and regional organizations, including the African Union and European Union, will discuss financial and development support for Libya for the post-Gaddafi era.
A UN team has been working in recent months drawing up plans for assisting Libya. The team is headed by Ian Martin, a veteran UN troubleshooter involved in post-conflict nation building and reconstruction.
The UN council last week released more than a billion dollars of Gaddafi's frozen assets in order to help the transitional council. The Security Council in March ordered a freeze of assets that belonged to Gaddafi and his family members. Most of the frozen assets were in the United States and Britain.