- Title: LIBYA: UN representative says consulate attack was wake up call for Libya
- Date: 17th September 2012
- Summary: LIBYA, TRIPOLI, (SEPTEMBER 17, 2012) (REUTERS) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) EXTERIOR OF LIBYAN GENERAL NATIONAL CONGRESS (GNC) BUILDING SECURITY MEMBERS UNITED NATION REPRESENTATIVE IN LIBYA, IAN MARTIN, WITH HEAD OF (GNC), MOHAMED MAGARIEF PEOPLE TALKING MORE OF MARTIN AND MAGARIEF LIBYAN OFFICIALS LISTENING FORMER PRIME MINISTER, ABDEL RAHIM AL-KIEB, AND NEW ELECTED PRIME MINISTER MUSTAFA ABU SHAGOUR (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED NATION REPRESENTATIVE IN LIBYA , IAN MARTIN, SAYING: "I think the attack on the U.S. consulate and the tragic death of ambassador Chris Stevens who was a great friend of Libya, is a wake up call to Libya to make sure that it does what is necessary to bring the security situation fully under control. And I think that's the big challenge that the new government faces, it's challenge which the United Nations will offer all assistance that we can." INTERIOR MINISTER FAWZI ABDEL A'AL, AND OTHER OFFICIALS LISTENING MARTIN RECEIVING A GIFT FROM MAGARIEF PHOTOGRAPHERS TAKING PICTURES UN ENVOY LISTENING MARTIN AND MAGARIEF LISTENING MARTIN STANDING NEXT TO LIBYAN OFFICIALS, LISTENING
- Embargoed: 2nd October 2012 13:00
- Location: Libya
- Country: Libya
- Reuters ID: LVA4229TRMGBD6NIH1DX6XW4PCC5
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- Story Text: The outgoing United Nations Representative in Libya said on Monday (September 17) that the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi last week was a wake up call for the north African country to improve security.
Ian Martin was speaking at a farewell ceremony for him held by Libyan officials and civil societies in Tripoli as his mission in Libya draws to an end.
Senior Libyan officials, such as the head of the general national congress Mohamed Magarief, gave a speech honouring the envoy and all gifts were also presented to him.
"I think the attack on the U.S. consulate and the tragic death of ambassador Chris Stevens who was a great friend of Libya, is a wake up call to Libya to make sure that it does what is necessary to bring the security situation fully under control. And I think that's the big challenge that the new government faces, it's challenge which the United Nations will offer all assistance that we can," Martin said.
The U.S. ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed in a deadly attack on the U.S. consulate and a safe house refuge in the eastern city of Benghazi last week.
Benghazi has seen a spate of attacks in recent months against Western missions and aid organisations. In April a bomb was thrown at a convoy carrying Martin in Benghazi but no one was hurt in the explosion.
Martin was appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as his Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) in September last year.
Before assuming the post in Tripoli, Martin served as Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Post-Conflict Planning for Libya
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