Tuesday, August 23, 2011

France and Britain proposed an expanded summit on Libya

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister, David Cameron, want to "organize the next week in Paris an expanded summit of the contact group on Libya," a statement from the Elysee Palace, headquarters of the French Head of State . The two leaders spoke by telephone today on the situation in Libya, where Gadhafi regime of Colonel Muammar may be living his last hours, and decided to "launch an immediate and legitimate close cooperation with the Libyan authorities and their international partners," said the note.

Cameron and Sarkozy also agreed to continue their efforts to support the legitimate Muammar Gadhafi Libyan authorities while refusing to disarm. "The new phase of transition that will open will be conducted in a spirit of reconciliation and national unity "he said. In this regard, welcomed "the commitments" taken by the leaders of the National Transitional Council (CNT, Libyan government rebels) who talked with today, the statement added.

Sarkozy also held a telephone conversation this evening with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who estimated that "if the Libyan legal authorities so wish, have an important role to play to accompany the transition to be open "in that country, he added. Earlier, interviewed on the news of the night, the French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said France "wants to continue with the initiative" of the proceedings in Libya.

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