Tuesday, 10 May 2011

UN calls on Libya to suspend hostilities

The UN has called on Libya to suspend hostilities in order to ease the humanitarian crisis. UN aid chief Baroness Valerie Amos told the UN Security Council that Misrata was running short of basic supplies such as food and water.

It is estimated that almost 750,000 have fled Libya since the uprising against Colonel Mu'ammar Qadhafi. Amos said that the turmoil in the country has impacted the wellbeing of Libyan nationals and further called on the Security Council to ensure that all parties respect international law. The official said that use of cluster bombs, sea and land mines, as well as aerial bombing showed a callous disregard for civilians.

Amos added: "Widespread shortages are paralysing the country in ways which will impact gravely on the general population in the months ahead, particularly for the poorest and the most vulnerable.”

The Baroness also took the opportunity to renew calls for charity saying the appeal for $144 million has only been partially met.

Sources: BBC News, Boston Globe, AP

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