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UN chief::3.6m people could need aid in Libya:

14. April 2011. | 07:35 07:41

Source: Emg.rs, MIA

 As many as 3.6 million people, or more than half of Libya's population, could need humanitarian assistance, UN chief Ban Ki-moon warned on Wednesday as the Libya contact group met in Doha.

As many as 3.6 million people, or more than half of Libya's population, could need humanitarian assistance, UN chief Ban Ki-moon warned on Wednesday as the Libya contact group met in Doha.

On the political front, Ban urged the international community to "speak with one voice" on the crisis, AFP news agency reported.

"Under our worst-case scenario, as many 3.6 million people could eventually require humanitarian assistance" in Libya, which has a population of six million, Ban told delegates before the session went behind closed doors.

"The humanitarian situation continues to worsen," he said.

"Approximately 490,000 people - almost half a million people - have left the country since the crisis began", according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Ban said.

"On average, 2,700 people cross to Tunisia and Egypt every day. Roughly 330,000 people have been internally displaced," the UN secretary general told the first meeting of the contact group.

Jazeera have neatly listed the most important things to come out of today’s Contact Group meeting in Doha.

The Contact Group had been established earlier to coordinate the international response to the crisis in Libya and held its first meeting today.
The highlights of today are as follows:

- A political solution is the only way to bring lasting peace to Libya and reaffirmed their strong commitment to the sovereignty, indpendence, territorial integrity and national unity of libya

- United in believing that Gaddafi’s continued presence would treaten any resolution of the crisis

- Participants agreed the need to monitor any potential threat from “extremist elements” who could seek to take advantage of the situation in Libya

- Participants noted that Gaddafi’s regime was weakening as his followers left him

- Participants support eforts of the UN to help the Libyan people develop a political transition plan, consitutional and electoral processes.

- Participants agreed to continue to provide support to the opposition including material support and humanitarian aid.

- Participants agree that a temporary financial mechanism could provide method for the inc and intl community to manage revenue to assist with the short term financial requirement and structural need in libya

- Participants said approx 3.6million people could need humanitarian assistance.


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