UN seeking deal to allow food, medicine into Libya

May 18, 2011 16:35

GENEVA - The United Nations is negotiating with Libya's government, rebels and NATO to stop fighting for 24 to 72 hours to allow food and medical supplies to reach civilians, especially in the west, its envoy said on Wednesday.

Panos Moumtzis, humanitarian coordinator for Libya, said he would also seek security guarantees for UN aid workers to reach the besieged city of Misrata and the Western Mountains in talks with authorities in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Friday.

"The humanitarian pause is driven by humanitarian principles and the need to be able to provide urgently needed life-saving assistance to the civilian population in distress," Moumtzis told a Geneva news conference before leaving for Tunis.

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