United Nations: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has asked the head of Libya's rebel council to ensure that diplomatic premises in the country are protected as rebels gained control of parts of the capital Tripoli amid heavy fighting in the city.
   
In a telephone conversation with leader of the North African country's National Transitional Council, Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, Ban stressed the "need for maintaining national unity and fostering reconciliation in Libya as well as the protection of diplomatic premises."

The regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi is reported to be on the brink of collapse as rebels who have been seeking his ouster gained control of parts of Tripoli amid heavy fighting.
   
Abdul-Jalil told Ban that the National Transitional Council "appreciated" the role played by the Secretary- General's Special Envoy Abdel-Elah al-Khatib, adding that Libya will need UN support during the post-conflict period.

Ban has been in touch with a number of world leaders, including heads of regional and international organizations, over the past two days in an effort to coordinate the international response to the recent developments in Libya, his spokesperson told reporters at UN headquarters.
   
The Secretary-General has invited heads of the League of Arab States, the African Union, the European Union and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation for a meeting on Libya on
Friday.
   
The meeting has been convened to "develop the international community’s response in support of Libya during the transitional period," Ban's spokesperson said.

(Agencies)