United Nations Support Mission in Libya statement on the situation in Bani Walid
Tripoli, 12 October 2012 - The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr Georg Charpentier, expresses concern over the impact of the recent security developments in Bani Walid, including loss of life and injury.
Mr. Charpentier reminds all parties of their obligations under international humanitarian law to protect civilians and meet their basic needs, and to ensure the rapid and unimpeded passage of regular supplies for all the civilian population in Bani Walid, including the humanitarian assistance.
He further calls on all parties to extend their full support for a mediated settlement that allows the State to exercise its national authority and comprehensively addresses all outstanding issues related to Bani Walid, and in this regard welcomes all efforts being undertaken by the Libyan authorities and reconciliation committees.
The UN in Libya supports ongoing humanitarian efforts and stands ready to provide assistance as requested.