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What role will the UN play in Libya?

The United Nations has called on all sides in the Libyan conflict to take steps to ensure there are no acts of violence and revenge.

It comes as reports emerge of abuses and alleged summary killings by both rebels and troops loyal to Col Muammar Gaddafi.

The UN has also agreed to release $1.5bn (£1bn) in Libyan assets - which had been frozen under sanctions - to help with immediate humanitarian needs.

The BBC's Barbara Plett looks at what the role the UN may play in the country as the fallout from the war continues.

  • 26 Aug 2011
  • From the section Africa
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