UNITED NATIONS - The United States and
South Africa struck a deal on Thursday to allow the release of
$1.5 billion in frozen Libya funds for humanitarian aid and
other civilian needs, UN diplomats said on Thursday.
UN Security Council diplomats said the agreement would
enable the funds to be released without a vote by the council
on a US draft resolution that Washington submitted on
Wednesday in response to South Africa blocking a US request
to disburse the money in the UN Libya sanctions committee.
The South African delegation said it did not support funds
going directly to the Libyan rebel government, the Transitional
National Council (TNC), which the African Union has not
Pretoria insisted that there be no mention to the
TNC in the official request for the release of the funds.