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LIBYA: New government may request U.N., foreign police

August 25, 2011 | 10:52 am

Streets Libya’s rebel leadership may seek international assistance in establishing policing in the nation, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said at a Thursday briefing, according to Bloomberg reports.

Nuland said that at Thursday's meeting of the Libya Contact Group in Istanbul, participants discussed the security needs of the rebel’s fledgling government, the National Transitional Council.

Nuland said the council is “unlikely to request a formal peacekeeping force,” but may request international and United Nations help in support of its policing needs.

“Precisely what it may ask for is still to be determined,” Nuland said.

“I think we will look favorably” if the NTC makes a policing support request, Nuland said.


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--Molly Hennessy-Fiske

Photo: Rebel fighters aim their rifles during street fighting that heated up in Tripoli on Thursday. Libyan fighters battled die-hard followers of Moammar Kadafi across the capital, racing to find the strongman and stifle any counter-attack by his family and other loyalists. Credit: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters.