BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations (UN) condemned the abduction of Libyan Prime Minister by an armed group of rebels on Thursday and called for his immediate release.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon speaking to media here on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit meetings expressed fears that the abduction would result in an escalation of violence and pledged to work closely with Libya and other countries to establish political stability.
"I condemn this abduction in the strongest possible terms. I am hoping that reports coming from Libya that he has been released is true but it is not yet confirmed," he told reporters after concluding the ASEANUN Summit.
"I have just spoken to my special representative of the Secretary General in Libya and we discussed about this matter. He is working very hard and is in consultation with the Libyan government and other parties to ensure a safe release so that Libya's democratic transition continues as scheduled."
Terming the abduction as a "wake up call" to the rest of the world about the dangers of political instability, Ban insisted that the UN would continue to provide socio-economic support to move ahead with "inclusive democratic transition".
Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has been kidnapped from a hotel in Tripoli by an armed group and taken to an unknown location, international media reported on Thursday.
The reports were confirmed by the Libyan government.
A former Libyan rebel group said it had "arrested" Zeidan after the government allowed the United States to capture a top al-Qaida suspect Abu Anas al-Liby in Tripoli last weekend.
A video still circulating on social media allegedly shows Prime Minister Ali Zeidan at the time he was taken from his hotel.
The Libyan Revolutionary Operations Chamber said on Facebook it had seized the prime minister "on the prosecutor's orders," adding that Zeidan "was arrested under the Libyan penal code... on the instructions of the public prosecutor."
Reports also mentioned that the Libyan Cabinet had called an emergency meeting in Tripoli to discuss the situation.