Britain to convene international conference on Libya

08:35, March 29, 2011      

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Britain will convene an international conference on Libya on Tuesday to discuss the situation in Libya, the Foreign Ministry said Monday.

Over 40 foreign ministers and representatives from key regional organizations are expected to attend the conference, including the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, Chairman of the African Union Jean Ping, the Prime Minister of Qatar and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the ministry said in a statement.

According to the statement, the conference will call for a political process that helps create conditions for the Libyan people to choose their own future.

"It is crucial that a political process begins," the statement said.

Earlier on Monday, British Prime Minister and French President Sarkozy issued a joint letter saying the London Conference will start a political solution for Libya as "a lasting solution can only be a political one."

The statement also said Britain and its allies are currently coordinating with key Libyan opposition figures like the Interim Transitional National Council (ITNC) and other civil society leaders to begin a national political dialogue.

The conference will also strengthen their commitment to implementing UN resolutions 1970 and 1973, and reaffirm the importance of urgent humanitarian assistance to Libya.

In addition, the participants will forge a wide group to act as a focal point for international thinking on Libya and a forum to coordinate long-term support to the people of Libya.

"This will help ensure that we learn the lessons of the past and undertake early and coordinated international planning for the future," the statement said.

Source: Xinhua

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