Ceasefire, aid, dialogue to dominate London conference on Libya

09:32, March 30, 2011      

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A ceasefire, assistance and dialogue will top the agenda of an international conference on Libya in London, the British foreign ministry says.

Tuesday's gathering is aimed at strengthening and broadening the international community's commitment to implementing the latest two UN resolutions on Libya, the ministry said in a statement.

The resolutions imposed an arms embargo on Libya, called for an immediate cessation of hostilities, and demanded that Libyan civilians be protected from violence.

The conference was also to reaffirm the importance of providing urgent humanitarian assistance to alleviate the sufferings in the Northern African country, particularly in the rebel-held city of Misrata and on Libya's borders, the statement added.

The ministry added that Britain and other nations are coordinating with key Libyan opposition figures to help begin a national political dialogue that will lead to a representative process of transition, constitutional reform and preparation for free and fair elections.

Over 40 foreign ministers and representatives of key international organizations are expected to attend the conference, including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, African Union chief Jean Ping, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the ministry said.

Russia has said, however, that it would not attend the meeting as the ongoing intervention has gone beyond what the UN resolutions authorized.

Source: Xinhua
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