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Libyan rebel spokesman appeals for funds

A representative of Libya’s rebel forces in Geneva says the National Transitional Council (NTC) wants to strengthen its cooperation with Switzerland.

Diplomat Adel Shaltut said on Wednesday that he wished to see frozen Libyan assets returned to the north African country as soon as possible.

His comments come a day after the Swiss government said it would move “quickly” to return the assets if the United Nations lifted sanctions imposed on Libya.

“Switzerland has responded very constructively during this very difficult period,” Shaltut told the Swiss News Agency.

He added that the NTC had named a new Libyan ambassador to Bern and were awaiting his accreditation.

The NTC representatives met with the head of the World Health Organization in Geneva, Margaret Chan, and appealed for aid. Shaltut said the country urgently needed medical staff and supplies.

Shaltut cut ties with the Gaddafi regime on February 25 and went over to the rebels.

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