U.N. sending weapons experts to Libya

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon recently said that the U.N. would send experts to Libya to help secure the country’s chemical weapons and sites containing nuclear material.

In addition, Ban also offered to send technical support to aid Libya’s transition to democracy. He called on the new authorities to ensure that human rights abusers are punished, according to Reuters.

“The former regime under Qaddafi has reported to the relevant United Nations organizations on nuclear materials, as well as chemical weapons,” Ban said, Reuters reports. “It is very important that all these materials, very carefully and without fail, be secured.”

The secretary-general also announced that experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency are planning to visit Libya soon.

Despite publicly renouncing chemical and nuclear weapons within the last decade as a means of growing closer to the United States and other Western nations, former Libyan leader Qaddafi kept nuclear material for research purposes and is thought to have had remaining chemical weapons stockpiles.

The Chairman of the National Transitional Council Mustafa Abdel-Jalil said that once more of Libya’s assets are unfrozen, the NTC will be able to properly control Libya’s remaining weapons stockpiles and adequately control the remaining armed militias in the country.