July 8, 2011 / 5:59 AM / in 9 years

UN chief, Libya PM discuss need to solve fighting

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon spoke with Libya’s prime minister by telephone on Thursday about the need to end the current fighting in the North African nation, according to a statement from Ban’s spokesperson’s office.

Ban and Al-Baghdadi Ali Al-Mahmoudi also talked about how to “alleviate the dire humanitarian situation, and work out a transition that could bring peace to all Libyans” the statement said.

Libya’s prime minister agreed that Ban’s special envoy for Libya, Abdul Ilah Al-Khatib, could go to Tripoli soon for urgent consultations, the statement said.

NATO warplanes have been bombing Libya under a U.N. mandate to protect civilians in the country. Muammar Gaddafi has rejected any suggestion that he will give up power and he has described the NATO campaign as an act of colonial aggression aimed at stealing Libya’s oil.

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