Thursday Oct 13, 201110:24 PM GMT
UN envoy alarmed at security in Libya
Thu Oct 13, 2011 10:26PM
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NTC fighters shown driving towards Sirte on Tuesday.
The UN special envoy for Libya, Ian Martin, voices alarm at the security condition in the country amid intensive fighting between the interim government's forces and Gaddafi's loyalists.


Speaking to the UN Security Council on Thursday, he said concerns sustained about parts of Libya even after the August ouster of the fugitive former dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, DPA reported.

The official said there were also remaining concerns about the delivery of humanitarian supplies and services to different parts of the country, particularly the harder-hit areas.

On Thursday, National Transitional Council (NTC) forces retreated under fierce fire from pro-Gaddafi forces in the northern town of Sirte.

The NTC fighters withdrew at least two kilometers (1.2 miles) to the central police headquarters they had captured on Tuesday.

The city of Bani Walid in the northeast and Sirte are the last two strongholds of the loyalists, who have been fighting the NTC forces since the former regime's collapse.

Martin, who was appointed envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the NTC last month, also emphasized the need for technical support around potential elections in the country.

The official leads a mission of up to 200 UN staff on an initial three-month mandate.

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