UN mission in Libya extended by 3 months

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Posted: Dec 02, 2011 6:28 PM

The Security Council has extended the U.N. support mission in Libya for another three months to help the new government tackle a flood of arms in the country.

The council on Friday unanimously approved a resolution to extend the end of the U.N. mission from Dec. 16 to March 16.

The mission was initially established to support Libya's transitional government following months of conflict that ended when Moammar Gadhafi's regime was toppled.

Libya's interim government was sworn in late last month.

Initially charged with helping draft a constitution and prepare for elections, the U.N. mission is now also tasked with helping eliminate a proliferation of arms, especially portable surface-to-air missiles.