GCC, EU express common positions on Libya, Yemen

13:48, April 21, 2011      

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Delegates pose for a group photo during the 21st GCC-EU joint Council and Ministerial meeting in Abu Dhabi,April 20, 2011. The 21st GCC-EU joint Council and Ministerial meeting takes place in Abu Dhabi, capital of UAE on April 20, 2011. (Xinhua/An Jiang)

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the European Union (EU) on Wednesday called for an immediate and genuine ceasefire in Libya, saying Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's regime has lost its legitimacy.

In a communique released after a joint council meeting in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the two sides expressed support for the newly-formed rebel Transitional National Council "as a legitimate interlocutor representing the aspirations of the Libyan people," the state news agency WAM reported.

The GCC and the EU also underlined the importance of ensuring the unity and territorial integrity of Libya, the report said.

They welcomed the international community's efforts in ensuring the implementation of the UN Security Council's resolutions on the North African nation, where forces loyal to Gaddafi and anti- Gaddafi rebels chased each other in the UN-mandated no-fly zone.

As for the situation in Yemen, the two sides expressed their deep concern.

The two regional blocs reiterated their commitment to support Yemen's development as a unified, stable, democratic and prosperous state, calling on all parties in the country to immediately forge an agreement on political transition.

Meanwhile, the GCC and the EU urged Iran to play a constructive role and stop interfering in the internal affairs of GCC member states and other countries in the region.

On Tuesday, GCC foreign ministers concluded an extraordinary meeting with a delegation of the Yemeni government in Abu Dhabi.

During the meeting, participants stressed the need to make more efforts to resolve the political crisis in Yemen and maintain its security and stability, according to WAM.

The GCC, a regional bloc founded in 1981 that has about 45 percent of the world's proven oil reserves, consists of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, the UAE and Oman.

Source: Xinhua

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