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Libya nominee seeks justice for Benghazi attack

May 7, 2013 at 2:19 PM

WASHINGTON, May 7 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama's designee for Libyan ambassador told a Senate panel she wants to bring those who killed her predecessor to justice.

Deborah Jones told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during her confirmation hearing she would work closely with the new Libyan government to identify and apprehend those responsible for a terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Christopher Stephens and three other Americans on Sept. 11. Jones said she wants to "see that justice is realized."

No arrests have been made in the eight months since the attack, The Hill said Tuesday.

Jones also pleaded with lawmakers to remain positive about Libya and the U.S. involvement there, saying there is an "extraordinary reservoir of good will for the U.S."

She said the biggest problem is bringing together the large number of fractious militias that were united by a common enemy under Moammar Gadhafi, but who now are fighting each other for control.

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