UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Life in Tripoli is returning to normal nearly a month after rebels took control but the interim leadership has many challenges ahead, a U.N. official said.
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi apparently fled Tripoli when rebel forces took control of the capital last month. Following Gadhafi's fall, most of the international community recognized the Transitional National Council as the sole governmental authority in Libya.
U.N. Under Secretary-General B. Lynn Pascoe told the U.N. Security Council that life in the capital was returning to normal but fighting in other parts of the country between TNC supporters and Gadhafi loyalists means security in Libya is still fragile.
"The challenges faced by the TNC are many," he added.
Pascoe stressed that it was "imperative" for the transitional government to take measures to prevent Libya's weapons stockpiles from falling into the wrong hands. Grave sites uncovered in the aftermath of the war, he added, need protection for the sake of accountability.
Human Rights Watch notes that a grave site near Tripoli allegedly contains the bodies of some 1,200 prisoners killed in a massacre at Abu Salim prison in 1996. The group warned the bodies shouldn't be exhumed until trained forensic teams investigate the site.
Gadhafi is wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged crimes against humanity committed since February.