NTC to reveal Libya’s weapons; Clinton says new leaders have ‘complicated task’ ahead


Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) will reveal some facts about the recent discovery of banned weapons in Libya in a press conference on Monday, Al Arabiya reported.

According to Libya’s interim premier Mahmoud Jibril, the issue of the chemical weapons will be referred to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) once the facts are officially announced.

Mohammed al-Saeh, an NTC official, told Al Arabiya that the discovered materials are nuclear. He said that the NTC held contacts with the IAEA to confirm the nature of the discovered materials.

Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said late Sunday that Libya’s new leaders have “a very complicated political task” ahead of them, but she promised comprehensive U.S. assistance.

“They have a very complicated political task ahead of them, and they don’t have a lot of experience in what we consider politics,” Clinton said in an interview with The Washington Post.

The Libyan conflict ended this month in controversial fashion when former leader Muammar Qaddafi was shot dead on Oct. 20, a killing criticized even by Western allies of the interim regime, the National Transitional Council.

NATO decided Friday to end its mission in Libya on Oct. 31 and urged the new regime to build a democracy based on human rights.

Now, said Clinton, the country’s new authorities would have to unify the nation.

“That will be a huge challenge,” she argued, according to AFP.

“They have to figure out how to reconcile various political and religious beliefs. They have to unify all of the tribes. They have to deal with the rivalry that has existed forever between the west and the east, between Benghazi and Tripoli.”

“And they’re going to have to be very clear as to what their agenda is and how it will help meet the needs of all the different groups.”

The U.S. secretary of state noted that the new leaders of the country were “really thoughtful people” and that Libya’s professional class, despite all the problems, had survived the conflict.

“So we’re going to help them any way we can,” Clinton concluded.