EU leaders, Libyan opposition head meet on political solution to conflicts

11:02, July 15, 2011      

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EU Council president Herman Van Rompuy(R) poses with Chairman of the executive board of Libyan Transitional National Council, Mahmoud Jibril, prior a working session at the European Headquarters in Brussels July 14, 2011.(Xinhua/Thierry Monasse)

The European Union (EU) leaders on Thursday stressed the need of political solution to the prolonged Libyan conflict following two-day talks with visiting opposition leader Mahmoud Jibril.

"The perspectives for a political solution and the post-conflict phase" was one of the focuses of their discussion, said Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council .

"I told Dr. Jibril that the EU is ready to help launching an inclusive transition process for a political solution of this crisis," said Van Rompuy.

Noting that a political solution "require a collective and coordinated effort, within and outside Libya," he said the EU will join hands with other international partners to "work tirelessly towards this goal."

Placing similar emphasis on a political solution, Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, said both sides are now working towards this destination.

"We are working towards a political resolution of the conflict which would result in the launch of a transition process in line with the aspirations of the Libyan people and respecting the unity and sovereignty of the country," Barroso told reporters.

The post-conflict phase was another important topic discussed by the two sides.

"We talked about the post-conflict era, how we can join hand to enable the Libyan people to lead in their own country," said Jibril after meeting with Barroso.

"We are getting ready to assist in the construction of a new Libya," Barroso said, "Our post-conflict assistance is being set up now, so we can start work from 'day one'."

The EU is by far the largest donor of humanitarian aid in and around Libya with a support worth 140 million euros (192 million U.S. dolllars), which Barroso described as "a tangible sign of our solidarity with Libyan people."

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Wednesday also met with Jibril, Chairman of the executive board of Libyan Transitional National Council.

Source: Xinhua

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