Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN, United States

Libyans reach milestone

With the transfer of power from the National Transitional Council to the General National Congress, Libya has taken a major step forward, says foreign minister Uri Rosenthal. ‘Following the success of the country’s first free elections, this is a new milestone for Libya and the Libyans,’ Mr Rosenthal said. ‘It is my pleasure to congratulate them.’

With the transfer of power from the National Transitional Council to the General National Congress, Libya has taken a major step forward, says foreign minister Uri Rosenthal. ‘Following the success of the country’s first free elections, this is a new milestone for Libya and the Libyans,’ Mr Rosenthal said. ‘It is my pleasure to congratulate them.’

Now Libya needs to keep up the momentum with the rapid election of a president for the Congress and the formation of a new government, the minister said.

Challenges

While the progress of democratisation is encouraging so far, the newly elected representatives face major challenges, particularly in the field of security, said Mr Rosenthal. The Netherlands is concerned about events such as the attack last week on the Red Cross building in Benghazi.

Last year the Netherlands supported the NATO mission in Libya and gave financial support to the UN mission UNSMIL. The Netherlands will remain actively involved in the country’s reconstruction and democratisation.