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Pakistan urges fair trials of perpetrators of crimes in 2011 Libyan conflict.

UNITED NATIONS -- Pakistan has called for "thorough and impartial" trials of alleged perpetrators during the 2011 pro-democracy uprising in Libya, regardless of which side committed the crimes.

At the same time, Ambassador Masood Khan, Pakistan's permanent representative to the U.N., stressed the need for promoting reconciliation to foster nation unity and bridging the fissures caused by the Libyan conflict.

"Achieving a balance between the imperatives of justice and peace is always a difficult challenge," he told UN Security Council which debated the situation in Libya on Wednesday "This can be best achieved through national mechanisms and institutions."

Ambassador Masood Khan spoke after the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, said that if Libya can conduct fair trials of those who committed crimes during the uprising, the proceedings could equal the lasting impact of the Nuremberg trials, a reference to the tribunals nearly 70 years ago that prosecuted key members of the political and military leadership of Nazi Germany.

"By conducting fair, just, and transparent judicial proceedings for all alleged perpetrators, while also continuing to respect the ICC judicial process, Libya can set a lasting example for other States," Bensouda said.

In his remarks, Ambassador Masood Khan said, "We call upon the Libyan Government to maintain its engagement with the Court, and provide the necessary information for consideration of these cases. "We also encourage NATO to fully cooperate with the Court as well as Libya's national efforts to investigate the civilian casualties during the conflict."

He said that strengthening the Libyan judicial system was essential, and the international community should extend support to that end.

The Prosecutor's report had noted Libya was acting in line with the Rome Statute in challenging the admissibility of the cases against Saif al-Islam Qadhafi and Abdullah al-Senussi, the Pakistani envoy pointed out.

Masood Khan hoped that Libya's request to try those cases would be positively considered.

The Court would like to monitor those trials, if conducted in Libya. Monitoring would be done in accordance with arrangements with the Government, allowing Libya to demonstrate its commitment to hold fair trails.

In conclusion, he reaffirmed Pakistan's fullest support for the well being and prosperity of the people of Libya." We wish them success in their quest for reconciliation, stability, and institution building."
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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
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Date:May 10, 2013
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