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Groups meet to find libya solution

06-19-2011 13:33 BJT Special Report:Int'l Intervention in Libya |

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Arab League Secretary General, Amr Moussa, has hosted a meeting at its headquarters in Cairo, attended by representatives from the European Union, African Union and United Nations to discuss solutions to the continuing unrest in Libya.

Moussa held meetings with EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton, African Union Commission Chairman Jean Ping, and the UN Secretary General's envoy for Libya Abdelilah Al-Khatib. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon also took part in the discussions by video link.

Ashton threw the EU's weight behind the UN and their special representative Al-Khatib and said both organizations are working together to support the political transition in Libya.

Catherine Ashton, EU Foreign Policy Chief said "For me especially, today has been about looking to how we are going to support the people of Libya into the future, when they are building a new government, when they are looking to a country reinvigorated and where they wish to see democracy and support for human rights at the core of the lives that they will have."

As the conflict drags on, there's growing concern in the international community over a humanitarian crisis. Food and fuel shortages, lack of access to water and medical care are all critical issues on their minds.

Amr Moussa, Secretary General of Arab League said "Discussed was the approach and policies required to put an end to the current Libyan conflict, along with the protection of civilians' rights, including the humanitarian aspect."

Meanwhile, the African Union is increasingly being pressed by the west to get tougher on Libya. The continent at large is still very much divided on the Libyan conflict. But Chairman of the African Union, Jean Ping, made his position crystal clear.

Jean Ping, Chairman of African Union said "We have clearly set up a road map. It is clear, clear, very clear. It talks of a ceasefire, of the necessity of humanitarian aid, it talks of - hear me well, hear me well, an inclusive and consensual - inclusive and consensual transition - that means anything which is not consensual cannot be in it. Can one be more clear?"

The conference came a day after rebels marked the four month anniversary of the start of their demonstrations and fighting against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's four-decade rule.

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: CNTV.CN

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