UPDATE 1-UN says wants to negotiate Libya aid "corridors"

Wed Mar 23, 2011 3:47pm GMT

* U.N. envoy says ready to negotiate "humanitarian corridors"

* U.N. has unconfirmed reports of mass displacement

* Basic services, food supply lines cut in eastern Libya (Recasts with comments from U.N. humanitarian envoy)

By Stephanie Nebehay

GENEVA, March 23 (Reuters) - The United Nations wants to negotiate "humanitarian corridors" to let more aid into Libya where fighting in the east of the country has uprooted tens of thousands and hit food supplies, the U.N. said on Wednesday.

U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya Rashid Khalikov told a news conference Libyan authorities had indicated there was no major need for humanitarian aid, but discussions continued on how to best to support people affected by the conflict.

"There are various tools how we can assist people in the middle of conflict -- humanitarian corridors or days of tranquillity," said Khalikov, who was in Libya from March 12-16.

"All this is on the table and we are ready to negotiate these things with parties to the conflict, all of whom have to adhere to principles of international humanitarian law."

The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a report released on Wednesday there was a high level of uncertainty over the current humanitarian situation in Libya, where Western air strikes began at the weekend.   Continued...

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