Yesterday, at an event organized by the Middle East Institute and International Relief and Development, I made three key points about the humanitarian situation in Libya. First, the humanitarian crisis has eased considerably since the beginning of the conflict, with life normalizing in key parts of the country, and credit for that goes first and foremost to the tremendous resilience of the Libyan people. Second, we are pleased to see a strong Libyan counterpart taking the lead. The Transitional National Council (TNC) is now coordinating assistance with the international community. Third, our role is changing from humanitarian relief to transition and stabilization, and we will help the Libyan people and the TNC as they set their key priorities. This Libyan determination to help themselves, so evident throughout their struggle, is truly inspiring.

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