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Libya's rebels announced Friday the transfer of their leadership to Tripoli from their Benghazi base, boosted by a

Abdel Jalil to command from Tripoli soon

US Secretary of State calls on rebels to guard weapons stockpiles, take hard line against "extremism."

 

By Dominique Soguel and Charles Onians - TRIPOLI

 United Nations decision to release millions of dollars in aid within days.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also pledged support for the "new Libya," urging the triumphant rebels to turn the page on Moamer Gathafi's rule and build a secure, democratic state.

Ali Tarhuni, a senior official with the rebel National Transitional Council (NTC), said their leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil would arrive in Tripoli as soon as the security situation permitted.

"I declare the beginning and assumption of the executive committee's work in Tripoli," Tarhuni, the executive committee's vice-chairman and minister of oil and economics, told a press conference in the capital.

"Long live democratic and constitutional Libya and glory to our martyrs," he said, announcing the holders of key posts in a new provisional government.

He called on forces loyal to Gathafi to lay down their arms, and promised they would be treated lawfully.

"Put your weapons down and go home. We will not take revenge. Between us and between you is the law. I promise you will be safe."

The UN Security Council released $1.5 billion of seized Libyan assets to be used for emergency aid after the United States and South Africa ended a dispute over the money.

The assets were frozen in US banks, but South Africa had blocked the release on the Security Council's sanctions committee, saying it would imply recognition of the NTC.

The last-minute accord with South Africa meant that the United States did not press for a Security Council vote. A new request was immediately made and approved by the Libya sanctions committee, diplomats said.

"The money will be moving within days," a US diplomat said.

The new request made no mention of the NTC, only that the money would be directed through the "relevant authorities."

Washington said Thursday the money would pay for UN programmes, energy bills, health, education and food, and would not be used for any "military purposes."

Earlier a senior rebel official said diplomats of the Contact Group on Libya had agreed in Istanbul to speed up the release of some $2.5 billion in frozen Libyan assets by the middle of next week.

Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said Rome would next week release 350 million euros ($504 million) frozen in Italian banks.

In Washington, Clinton called on the rebels to guard weapons stockpiles and take a hard line against "extremism."

"The situation remains fluid, but it is clear that the Gathafi era is coming to an end, opening the way for a new era in Libya -- one of liberty, justice, and peace," she said in a written statement.

"There can be no place in the new Libya for revenge attacks and reprisals... Libya's future will be peaceful only if the leaders and people of Libya reach out to each other in a spirit of peace."

The aid announcements came less than three days after rebel forces swarmed into Gathafi's sprawling compound in the centre of the capital, defeating his fighters in fierce clashes and seizing control of most of the city.

On Thursday, the rebels overran Abu Salim district, one of the main residential areas that had still been under the thumb of Gathafi loyalists, after hours of intense fighting in the main street.

"Abu Salim is under control. Gathafi people are now in Mashrur, an adjacent neighbourhood," said Mohammed Sayed Gargab, chief of a fighting squad.

Gathafi is nowhere to be found and on Thursday he broadcast a new audio message calling on the populace to take up arms.

"We must resist these enemy rats, who will be defeated thanks to the armed struggle," he said.

"Leave your homes and liberate Tripoli," he added in the message broadcast from an unknown location.

Gathafi's message came as Abdel Jalil gave the grim assessment that more than 20,000 people had been killed in the drive launched in mid-February to end the strongman's 42-year iron rule.

Half of the NTC members arrived Thursday in Tripoli to begin a transition to the post-Gathafi era, while a rebel offensive largely cleared the staunchly loyalist district of Abu Slim after fierce fighting.

"Half of the government is here, and today we have had meetings with the military leadership," NTC spokesman Mahmud Shamman told AFP, as rebel fighters continued to search for the elusive strongman.

Abdel Jalil said that countries which had helped the rebel cause would be rewarded accordingly in the nation's reconstruction phase.

"We promise to favour the countries which helped us, especially in the development of Libya. We will deal with them according to the support which they gave us," he told a news conference in Benghazi.

The rebels are intent on finding Gathafi so they can proclaim final victory in an uprising that began six months ago and was all but crushed by government forces before NATO warplanes gave crucial air support.

Rebel leaders say they want to put Gathafi on trial, and he also faces charges of crimes against humanity along with his son Seif al-Islam and spymaster Abdullah al-Senussi at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

On Wednesday, the NTC offered a $1.7 million reward for the capture of Gathafi, dead or alive, and an amnesty to any members of his inner circle who kill or capture him.

Beyond Tripoli, rebel commanders said they were readying a new advance against forces defending Gathafi's hometown of Sirte, 360 kilometres (225 miles) east of Tripoli, and would seek to break a siege of Zuwarah, a town to the west.

Foreign workers were evacuated late Thursday on the first International Organisation for Migration boat to dock in war-torn Tripoli.

The boat, which waited offshore for two nights for the security situation to improve as the battle for Tripoli raged, transported Filipinos, Egyptians, Canadians, Algerians and Moroccans.

 

 


 


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