By Hadi Fornaji.
Tripoli, 26 September 2013:
At a meeting today with five of the G8 foreign ministers in New York, Prime Minister . . .[restrict]Ali Zeidan repeated his call for international help to stop the plundering of stock piles of Qaddafi-era arms and ammunition.
In talks on the edge of the UN General Assembly gathering, heldwith the French, Italian, German and UK foreign ministers and the US Deputy Secretary of State, Zeidan focused on commitments made by G8 members at their June meeting in the UK, to assist Libya in grappling with its security challenges.
Zeidan told France’s Laurent Fabius, Italy’s Emma Bonino, Germany’s Guido Westerwelle, Britain’s William Hague and America’s William Burns that the Libyan government remained committed to creating accountable and effective security institutions, to safeguarding the public and preserving the hard-fought freedoms that the people of Libya brought about through the Revolution.
Zeidan was told that all five countries were sticking to their commitments. They would continue to provide the necessary training and assistance to Libya’s armed forces. They would also support other security and justice priorities, including arms and ammunition management, as well as border control and the fight against terrorism. They also renewed their pledges to help the GNC and the government to improve their performance, so that they could demonstrate their effectiveness and responsiveness to the Libyan people. [/restrict]