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Walesa wants new secular 'Ten Commandments'
by Staff Writers
Warsaw (AFP) Oct 21, 2013


NATO sending security specialists to Libya: Rasmussen
Luxembourg (AFP) Oct 21, 2013 - NATO said Monday it is sending advisers to Libya to help Tripoli strengthen its security set-up amid chaos two years after the killing of Moamer Kadhafi.

With experts fearing civil war, the Western alliance "agreed to respond positively to the request made by the Libyan Prime Minister for NATO to provide advice on defence institution building in Libya", Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in a statement.

He said that the defence organisation "will establish a small advisory team to conduct this effort" following Tripoli's request in June.

Rasmussen expressed mounting concern two weeks ago when Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was briefly abducted.

Kadhafi's 40-year dictatorship ended after Britain and France led the creation of a NATO no-fly zone in 2011.

The European Union recently sent trainers into Libya aiming to sharpen air, sea and land border controls.

Polish Nobel peace laureate Lech Walesa on Monday called for a new "secular Ten Commandments" to underpin universal values, addressing a summit of Nobel Peace Prize winners in Warsaw.

"We need to agree on common values for all religions as soon as possible, a kind of secular Ten Commandments on which we will build the world of tomorrow," he said in an opening speech kicking off the three-day summit.

Walesa won the Nobel 30 years ago for leading Poland's Solidarity trade union, which negotiated a peaceful end to communism in Poland in 1989.

Besides universal values, the international community needs to focus on the economy of tomorrow, he said.

"That's definitely neither communism nor capitalism as we have it today," said the former shipyard electrician, who became Poland's first post-war democratic president.

The Dalai Lama, Iranian human rights advocate and 2003 Nobel winner Shirin Ebadi and Ireland's 1976 laureate Betty Williams are taking part in the summit. Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who launched the summits in 2000, said he could not attend.

Hollywood star Sharon Stone is to receive the gathering's Peace Summit Award for her anti-AIDS campaigning.

The first eight summits were held in Rome. Since 2008, they have taken place in Berlin, Paris, Hiroshima and Chicago.

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