Nordic Foreign Ministers call for solution to Libyan crisis through national dialogue

14:01, April 06, 2011      

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The Foreign Ministers of Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Iceland called for political solution on Libyan crisis through national dialogue in a declaration released after their meeting in Helsinki on Tuesday.

The foreign ministers of five Nordic countries met to discuss matters of common interest in the area of foreign affairs and security policy.

The ministers expressed strong support for the full and immediate implementation of UN Security Council resolutions 1970 and 1973, stressing the urgent need to improve the situation for the civilian population in Libya. They underlined the need for a true and verified ceasefire in conformity with the resolutions. They pointed out that efforts to find a political solution to Libyan crisis should be enhanced. This must be done through an open and broadly based national dialogue.

The ministers condemned in the strongest terms Friday's attack on the UN compound in Mazar-e-Sharif in Afghanistan, in which a Norwegian and a Swedish UN representative were among those who were killed.

They reaffirmed their commitment to supporting a stable and democratic development in Afghanistan. As the transition process is underway in Afghanistan, the ministers declared their readiness to support it comprehensively, including through long-term development assistance.

According to the declaration, the Nordic countries are committed to help the Afghan people build a lasting peace and to support an Afghan-led reconciliation process.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
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