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Request for UN aid to manage situation on borders and organize elections

Published the:  27/05/2011

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May 27, 2011  -TAP - Tunisia has requested in Deauville (France), a UN aid to organize the elections of the Constituent Assembly and manage the situation on its borders with Libya, scene of an uprising for some months.
This request has been made by Interim Prime Minister Béji Caid Essebsi during his meeting on Thursday afternoon with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
The stress was put on the technical and financial aid the UNO could provide to the Independent election Committee to prepare and manage the elections for the Constituent Assembly, said Rafaa Ben Achour, Minister in the Prime Minister's office.
As regards the situation on the Tunisian-Libyan borders, Tunisia asked the UN and the International Community for the use of part of the Libyan assets freezed in western countries to finance the supply of Libya's people in basic products.
The point is, Ben Achour said, to implement the UN resolutions in this field. Tunisia is one of the main transit points for goods to Libya.
Tunisia's request also turned on means to manage the ''disastrous'' situation of some refugees in the south of the country to evacuate them to other countries. Since the start of the uprising in Libya, Tunisia has hosted about 420 000 refugees and some 60 000 Libyans are still in Tunisia.
Besides, Caid Essebsi , who is leading Tunisia's delegation to the G8 Summit (May 26-27 ) had Thursday talks with the international monetary fund deputy director general John Lipsky, Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi and German chancellor Angela Merkel.
The talks turned notably on the economic plan submitted by Tunisia to the G8 and needing a contribution of 25 billion dollars (about 34,5 billion dinars), including 5 billion dollars (6.9 billion dinars) on the short term.
The German chancellor voiced satisfaction at the democratic transition started in Tunisia and her country's support to this process.
Tunisia's delegation to the G8 meeting includes notably the Ministers of Finance and Foreign Affairs as well as the Central Bank Governor.