State and USAID:
At the outset of the uprising and revolution in Libya, the United States determined that it would not take the lead in post-conflict stabilization, but rather would play a supporting role to the efforts of the interim Government of Libya (GOL), the UN and other international partners. In this context, the United States is committed to providing limited assistance that advances our primary goals: the creation of a democratic Libya that is secure, peaceful, prosperous, able to sell it oil and gas in the international market, and is an active member of the international community contributing to regional and global stability. The United States, in consultation with the UN, the GOL and Congress, has developed clear and simple criteria for providing assistance that takes into consideration U.S. priorities for Libya, other U.S. foreign policy priorities, and strategic allocation of limited resources. Assistance levels are based on U.S. core competencies, Libyan requests for assistance, and critical areas the Libyan government cannot fund in the near term or where funding from the GOL would be inappropriate.
The FY 2013 bilateral request is based on known, ongoing requirements. During, and immediately after the conflict, the United States provided approximately $140 million from global or regional accounts in assistance and transition support to Libya for a few key areas: humanitarian assistance, securing/destroying weapons, advancing civil society and governance, providing election support, and counterterrorism cooperation. Additional Economic Support Funds (ESF) (designated as the Middle East Response Fund (MERF)) are being made available to support immediate transition needs. While most humanitarian assistance was provided in the immediate aftermath of the conflict, the United States will continue to provide limited humanitarian support for various at-risk populations such as migrants and the war wounded. As the situation in Libya and U.S. priorities evolve, additional assistance in key transition areas may be identified. In these cases, a priority would be to identify ways to leverage and maximize Libyan resources through targeted technical assistance. (Source: Congressional Budget Justification FY 2013
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