WASHINGTON - The United States is seeking
to release between $1 billion and $1.5 billion in frozen Libyan
assets to the Libyan rebels' Transitional National Council,
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said on Tuesday.
Nuland also said it was clear the Gaddafi regime has nearly
collapsed and that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke to
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday about how the UN
could give Libya humanitarian relief, security assistance if
requested and support on matters such as constitution-writing.