Italian FM, AU chief meet over Libya, Cote d'Ivoire

14:22, April 06, 2011      

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Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini Tuesday met with African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Jean Ping to discuss the situation in Libya and Cote d ' Ivoire.

Frattini and Jean Ping both agreed on an urgent need to end the violence in Libya through an "effective and verifiable cease-fire, " according to a statement issued by the Italian Foreign Ministry.

Both sides also agreed on the need to protect civilians and create conditions for a political solution which involves an inclusive process of national reconciliation.

Frattini and Jean Ping agreed to stay in close contact to exchange views and to work together for a political solution to the crisis in Libya.

In the meantime, they expressed serious concern over the situation in Cote d'Ivoire, in particular the deteriorating humanitarian crisis here. They hoped for a quick resolution of the conflict and that Alassane Ouattara could take up the presidency for which he was democratically elected.

Source: Xinhua
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