U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Susan E. Rice today said the United States welcomes the decision by the UN Security Council’s Libya Sanctions Committee to release $1.5 billion dollars in Libyan assets to meet the critical humanitarian needs of the Libyan people.
“Today’s action demonstrates the international community’s solidarity with the brave people of Libya at this historic moment.” -Ms. Rice
She highlighted that the unprecedented internat
ional coalition built upon UN Security Council Resolutions 1970 and 1973 prevented mass atrocities in eastern Libya, averted large scale killings of unarmed civilians, and avoided a catastrophic humanitarian crisis.
“Yet this is not the end of Libya’s transition. It is the beginning.” -Ms. Rice
She stressed that the United States will continue to work with its international partners to support the Libyan people as they chart a democratic, prosperous, and secure future for their country.