Thursday, March 31, 2011

London, the Contact Group was established because the African Union has deserted

London conference on Libya The Libyan people should be free to determine their own future. " It 'a passage from the Declaration of the Presidency of the London Conference on Libya, which has now met the foreign ministers of some forty countries and representatives of international organizations. "The participants agreed that Gaddafi and his regime have completely lost legitimacy and will be held accountable for their actions," reads the text, which states the need for "all Libyans, including the national transitional council, the leaders tribal and others will join to begin an inclusive political process, consistent with UN resolutions, through which they can choose their own future.

" In the declaration, the participants then say "concerned" about the conditions of more than 80 000 IDPs. "We have agreed on the need to develop and coordinate an international approach to ensure the availability of sufficient resources to meet the humanitarian needs of the Libyan people," says the text, in which notes of the 'Qatar's offer to facilitate the sale of Libyan oil where consistent with international law, particularly as set out in resolutions 1970 and 1973 ".

As regards the implementation of resolutions of the Security Council, the participants reaffirmed the importance of "a full and rapid implementation" and reiterated "their strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national unity of Libya." "We have agreed to consider, the UN and regional organizations, additional sanctions against individuals and entities associated with the regime," continues the statement.

Finally, the participants at the London conference announcing the agreement for the establishment of a Contact Group on Libya will meet to give political direction and leadership to the overall international effort in close coordination with the UN, the EU African, the Arab League, the Organization of the Islamic Conference and the European Union.

" "Qatar, the statement continues, has agreed to convene the first meeting of the group as soon as possible. Subsequently, the presidency rotates among the countries of the region and beyond. " Again, the text stresses that "the North Atlantic Council, meeting with coalition partners, will give political direction to the executive operations of NATO." "This conference - says the document - has shown that we are united in our objectives, we are united in wanting a Libya that is not a threat to its citizens, the region or beyond and working with the Libyan people while choosing their own path to a peaceful and stable.

" African Union. Absent from today's meeting in London of the Contact Group on Libya, as well as from the summit in Paris last March 19 which was decided on military intervention to enforce the 'no-fly zone' decreed by the UN, the African Union he still wanted to make their voices heard on the crisis in the North African country, urging the great powers to demonstrate full support for the 'roadmap', the peace plan it has developed.

To this end the Secretary-General of the EU, the diplomat Jean Ping of Gabon, wrote a message to British Foreign Secretary, and 'host', William Hague. "I am confident that, as in previous years, we can count on our partners' efforts in Africa with regard to Libya," said Ping in the message, the content of which was announced by his spokesman, Noureddine Mazni, "I am confident that we will have the opportunity to exchange views on the issue." Ping also focuses on the common position taken by the Libyan crisis on the continent, as demonstrated, he recalls, by "consensus reached on the five points that make up the roadmap" cessation of hostilities, protecting civilians, security for humanitarian assistance " Libyan citizens and foreign migrant workers, "" political dialogue between all parties ", the launch of a" comprehensive transition period "during which implement" the necessary political reforms.

" Confidential sources at the pan-African organization's headquarters have now reported that the Secretary-General intends to travel to Europe for talks with senior EU and NATO, but not immediately. The African Union's position is particularly delicate because the Libyan dictator Muammar has been a staunch promoter of cohesion within the continent, even to the point of proposing the creation of 'United States of Africa', and remains popular.

For this the AU decided at the last to desert the London meeting, as it did for the Parisian, whereas its participation was taken for granted. On the other hand, at its meeting in Addis Ababa on Friday were also invited to the United Nations, Arab League, European Union, China, Russia, USA and France.

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