Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Paris does not want a pause in operations in Libya

Paris is opposed to "any pause in operations" of the coalition in Libya, as claimed by Italy, saying it "could allow Muammar Gaddafi to save time and reorganize," said on Wednesday June 22, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. "The coalition countries and the Contact Group meeting in Abu Dhabi two weeks ago, were unanimous on the strategy: we must increase the pressure on Gaddafi," said Bernard Valero, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Franco Frattini, called Wednesday "an immediate cessation of hostilities" in Libya to establish humanitarian corridors to assist the people. "Priority" is a cease-fire in Libya, but in the meantime, "the suspension of armed action is essential to allow immediate help," said the minister.

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