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Libyan Rebels Want Tripoli's UN Seat

The chairman of Libya's National Transitional Council says the rebels want to assume Tripoli's seat at the United Nations next month.
By Gabe Kahn.
First Publish: 8/26/2011, 2:17 PM

The Libyan rebel political leader said on Friday the National Transitional Council will seek to assume Libya's seat at the United Nations next month following the apparent ouster of Muammar Qaddafi.

"We hope that next month Libya will be occupying the seat it holds at the United Nations," Mahmoud Jalil told reporters in Istanbul.

Libyan rebels, still battling pockets of loyalists in their hunt for fugitive strongman Qaddafi, have announced a move to govern the country from the capital, Tripoli.

Jalil, who met with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu after Turkey hosted the Libya Contact Group of international powers on Thursday, said it was vital the National Transitional Council receive international aid to provide services.

"When the regime collapses all eyes will turn to the NTC to provide the Libyan people with services they have been deprived of for the last six months, including power and salaries," he said.

"In order to meet the expectations we need the finances. It is very important that the Libyan people don't feel deprived of resources."

Jaliil also said the Libya needed to rebuild its police and armed forces to re-establish security.

"We have to establish an army, a strong police force to be able to meet the needs of the people and we need capital and we need assets. All our friends in the international community speak of stability and security. We need that too."