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Jordan's Khatib named UN envoy for Libya

07 March 2011, 15:06

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Amman - Former Jordanian foreign minister Abdul Ilah Khatib, named on Sunday as UN special envoy for humanitarian affairs in Libya, will meet all sides in the conflict, an associate said Monday.

The UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky, announcing Khatib's appointment, said he would have "urgent consultations" with Muammar Gaddafi’s government on the growing battle with rebel forces and work on the humanitarian crisis it has caused.

His associate in Amman said, "he will co-ordinate humanitarian aid and means to find a solution to the crisis in Libya".

Khatib, 56, will leave for New York "in the next few days before travelling to Libya, where he should meet with all parties involved in the conflict", the source added.

Khatib, who was foreign minister between 1998 and 2002 and from 2005 to 2007, is now a member of Jordan's senate or upper house of parliament.

Nesirky, spokesperson for United Nations Security General Ban Ki-moon, said Ban had persuaded Gaddafi’s foreign minister to let a "humanitarian assessment" team visit Tripoli.

The United Nations has demanded "urgent" access to the rebel-held Libyan city of Misrata, which has come under attack from regime forces, and Ban has expressed growing concern over what he has called Gaddafi’s  "disproportionate" use of force.

The uprising in Libya has forced more than 100 000 people to flee the north African country.



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