Ban pledges UN support for Tunisia during visit

Ban Ki Moon has pledged the United Nations' support for Tunisia as the U.N. Secretary-General wrapped a two-day visit to the North African country that inspired the Arab Spring in 2011.

Ban, accompanied by World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, said that the U.N. will be a partner alongside Tunisia's "democratic revolution" that started after autocratic President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali stepped down in 2011, after 23 years in power.

Ban spoke during a press conference at Tunis' presidential airport, expressing hope that the unity government in neighboring Libya — currently based in Tunis — would be able to start working in Tripoli, the Libyan capital.

Ban added that those obstructing the process could be held accountable by the Security Council.