Libya vows to help Syrians hit by ‘tragedy’

TRIPOLI — Libyan leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil on Tuesday vowed anew to help the Syrian people, who he said are living a “tragedy”, after meeting representatives of the opposition Syrian National Council in Tripoli.

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Published: Tue 28 Feb 2012, 10:21 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 2:27 PM

Libya’s ruling National Transitional Council “will deliver to our brothers in Syria everything that they need,” in terms of humanitarian aid and medical supplies, Abdel Jalil said, making no mention of military support.

“The tragedy of our Syrian brothers surpasses what we saw in Libya,” he told reporters after a closed-door meeting with the Syrian delegation headed by Imadeddin Rashid.

Rashid said his eight-member delegation opened an office in Tripoli.

When pressed by reporters, he dismissed reports of a split in the ranks of the Syrian National Council, stating: “We have no divisions.”

“Without doubt, 69 countries (participants in the Tunis conference on Syria) cannot share a single opinion,” he said, adding that the complex situation in his country requires “well studied, not hasty decisions.”

Rashid also urged the international community to take action, especially to protect civilians in Syria.

“We are bored of statements... we need to translate statements into action,” Rashid said, urging the Free Syrian Army to continue its struggle.

The delegation arrived on Sunday and is expected to depart on Wednesday.

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