Status of Assistance to the Transitional National Council (Taken Question)
Question: What is the status of pledges and money flow to the Transitional National Council since the meetings in Abu Dhabi?
Answer: The United States welcomes the establishment by the international Contact Group on Libya of the Temporary Financial Mechanism (TFM) and the Libyan Information Exchange Mechanism (LIEM) that will facilitate much-needed financial contributions and other in-kind assistance to the Transitional National Council (TNC). We strongly encourage our international partners to assist the TNC directly or through one or both of these mechanisms. We cannot speak for other governments or for the TNC and refer all inquiries about the status of pledges and assistance to the TNC to those respective governments.
The United States continues to assess and review additional options for the types of assistance we could provide to the Libyan people. We are consulting directly with the opposition and our international partners about these matters. To support its efforts to protect civilians and civilian-populated areas, the U.S. has delivered rations, uniforms, body armor, first aid kits, tents, and related materials to the TNC under President Obama’s direction to provide up to $25 million in non-lethal items from U.S. Government stocks.
We also welcome the U.S. Senate Banking Committee announcement that it will advance a bill soon to allow President Obama to use some of the frozen assets of Muammar Qaddafi’s government to be used to provide humanitarian relief for the benefit of the Libyan people. Under proposed legislation, this assistance could cover the costs of commodities and subsidies needed to maintain basic living conditions among the population—for example, access to water, sanitation, food, shelter, and health care. Frozen assets would not be used to offset the cost of our military action in Libya.