U.N. Official Urges Transition In Libya

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UNITED NATIONS, July 29 (UPI) — A cease-fire that leads to political transition is the only sustainable way to end the crisis in Libya, a U.N. official told the U.N. Security Council.

Members of the NATO-led military intervention in Libya are lining up behind the rebel-backed Transitional National Council. London this week said the TNC was the sole governmental authority in Libya and that Moammar Gadhafi has lost his legitimacy as a leader.

B. Lynn Pascoe, the U.N. undersecretary-general for political affairs, told members of the Security Council that transitional agreements were needed in Libya as the conflict moves closer to its sixth month.

“As we have said many times, a cease-fire tied to transitional arrangements, which address the aspirations of the Libyan people, is the only sustainable political solution to the crisis in Libya,” he said.

Pascoe said that rebel leaders and members of the Gadhafi regime are talking but their talking points at this stage are miles apart.

In terms of the situation on the ground, the United Nations’ political affairs chief said the situation was fluid.

“The frontlines remain in flux as opposition forces attempt to advance toward Tripoli, while government forces target strategic cities and areas under opposition control,” Pascoe said.”NATO operations continue, primarily against sites in and around Tripoli.”

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