June 9, 2011 / 2:31 PM / 8 years ago

Factbox - Aid to Libya's rebels

(Reuters) - Western and Arab nations met Libyan rebels in Abu Dhabi to focus on what one U.S. official called the “end-game” for Muammar Gaddafi.

Libya’s rebels need $3 billion to cover salaries and assure food supplies for the next four months, Abdurrahman Mohamed Shalgham, the country’s former foreign minister said on Thursday at a new meeting of the contact group in Abu Dhabi.

Here are some details of aid so far given to the rebels:

* ANTI-GADDAFI CONTACT GROUP: A coalition of Western and Arab countries agreed on May 6 to provide Libyan rebels of the Transitional National Council (TNC) with millions of dollars in aid to help them in their campaign to drive out Muammar Gaddafi, in power since 1969.

— Ministers from the United States, France, Britain and Italy, Qatar, Kuwait and Jordan, agreed in Rome to set up a non-military fund to help the rebels.

* ITALY: Italy said in May, as host to the contact group, that a temporary special fund would be set up to channel cash to the rebel administration in its stronghold of Benghazi in eastern Libya.

— Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said on Thursday at the meeting of the group in Abu Dhabi, it would provide Libya’s rebels with up to 400 million euros ($586.1 million) of cash and fuel aid backed by frozen Libyan assets,

* QATAR: Qatar, an OPEC member in the Gulf region, has sold 1 million barrels of crude at $100 million (61.1 million pounds) on behalf of the rebels and said in April it had shipped four tankers full of gasoline, diesel and other refined fuels to the rebel-held city of Benghazi.

— Qatar was the first Arab country to contribute planes to police the U.N.-backed no-fly zone over Libya. Simultaneously, hundreds of millions of dollars began to flow from the Qatari capital Doha to Benghazi from early March.

— As part of the contact group, Qatar had promised $400 million to $500 million.

* KUWAIT: Mustafa Abdel Jalil, head of the TNC said on April 24 that Kuwait would contribute 50 million Kuwaiti dinars ($177.2 million) to Libya’s rebel council to help pay salaries.

— Foreign minister, Sheikh Mohammad al-Salem al-Sabahi said on Thursday, Kuwait would immediately transfer $180 million to Libya’s rebel TNC, making use of a newly agreed mechanism for channelling them funds.

* FRANCE: France sent two aid planes to Benghazi in late February before the onset of coalition air strikes, marking the start of a major humanitarian mission. After the no-fly zone was imposed by Western allies in March, France was the first country to send a plane carrying aid — 10 tonnes of medical equipment — to Benghazi at the request of the TNC. — France is ready to deliver 290 million euros ($423.6 million) to the TNC within a week, Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said on Thursday.

— Earlier this month, Admiral Pierre-Francois Forissier, the head of the French Navy, said the military would likely be used to provide humanitarian relief to Libyans after the conflict’s end.

* SPAIN: Spain recognised the TNC as the country’s legitimate representative, Spanish Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez said during a visit to rebel-held east Libya on June 8. Spain has provided humanitarian aid, including food and medicine.

* UNITED KINGDOM: London said in April it would send military officers to bolster its diplomatic team in Benghazi and advise the TNC on how to better protect civilians.

* UNITED STATES: The United States authorised $25 million in medical supplies, radios and other aid that would not include weapons, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on April 20.

— On Wednesday, a bipartisan group proposed that President Barack Obama use frozen Libyan government assets to pay for humanitarian aid for Libyan people caught up in the civil war.

— The United States is holding more than $34 billion, under sanctions on Gaddafi and close aides imposed in late February.

— U.S. officials also on Wednesday announced delivery of the TNC’s first U.S. oil sale, part of a broader strategy they hope will get money flowing to the cash starved group.

— U.S. oil refiner Tesoro said in May it had brought 1.2 million barrels, which U.S. officials said was due to arrive in Hawaii on Wednesday on a tanker chartered by Swiss trader Vitol.

Writing by David Cutler of London Editorial Reference Unit

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