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LIBYA:

Amb. Mohamed A. Azwai said that desertification is one of the most important problems facing Africa. The need to combat desertification is now widely recognized and Libya hopes that the Convention will enjoy the necessary political and financial support. Libya has established a special institute to combat desertification, but efforts have been hampered by two factors " the mines planted during World War II and the unjust embargo that has paralyzed research projects.