UN deploys mission to Libya, lifts some sanctions
The UN Security Council authorized on Friday the deployment of a UN mission to support Libya's transition council in tackling immediate work to rebuild a government to replace that of the ousted Moamer Gaddafi regime, DPA reported.
The 15-nation council unanimously adopted a resolution to send the small UN mission to help the Transitional National Council begin work on post-conflict reconstruction and the restoration of institutions, drafting a new constitution and organizing elections.
The council also decided to lift part of the sanctions against Libya to release some of frozen assets, which will allow the transition council to use the funds for reconstruction.
The UN General Assembly earlier voted 114-17 to recognize the TNC as the official representative of Libya in the international organization.
The 193-nation assembly voted overwhelmingly to allow the council's envoys to take over the UN seat of the Gaddafi regime and to participate in the debates of the 66th session.
Fifteen countries abstained, including Saudi Arabia.
The 17 countries that opposed the seating of the TNC included African countries like South Africa, Angola, Kenya, Lesotho, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia and Zimbabwe, and Latin American countries like Nicaragua, Venezuela and Bolivia.
Nicaragua said it objected because the Libyan revolution against the Gaddafi regime was backed by NATO and it was "not a real revolution."
"Revolution cannot be but authentic, not made by proxy or can never be seized by a cupola of states with clear hegemonic interests," said the Nicaraguan envoy Maria de Chamorro.
The assembly in April suspended Libya's membership in the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in protest against Gaddafi's alleged killing of civilian protesters.