Frozen Libyan funds should pay for aid: German minister

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German Economy Minister Rainer Bruederle has suggested that frozen Libyan funds should be diverted to the United Nations to pay for aid to victims of the conflict, a report said Saturday.

The weekly Der Spiegel quoted an internal note from Bruederle's ministry saying that Germany had frozen six billion dollars of assets belonging to Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi or the Libyan state in line with UN sanctions.

These assets, as well as those seized by other European countries, could be paid into a special UN account "in order to pay for humanitarian aid to ease the distress of the inhabitants of the whole of Libya," the note was quoted as saying.

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