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United Nations: An international police force may need to be sent to Libya which is "awash" with small arms, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said after talks with top African Union and European Union officials.
Ban also said better relations must be developed between the African Union and the Libyan rebel government. The AU has so far refused to recognize the National Transitional Council (NTC).
"Clearly, the challenges ahead are enormous," Ban told reporters after the video-conference talks with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, Erastus Mwencha, deputy chairman of the AU commission, and Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary general of the Organization of the Islamic Conference.
"There is an urgent need to put an end to the conflict and restore order and stability. All agreed that, if the Libyan authorities request, we should be prepared to help develop police capacity, bearing in mind that the country is awash with small arms."
Ban said no details on police numbers needed had been agreed and added that he would hold more talks at the international meeting on Libya in Paris on September 1. Ban is to meet NTC leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil there.