EU gives AU 265,000 euros to help mediate Libyan crisis

09:01, March 25, 2011      

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The European Union (EU) has given the African Union (AU) 265,000 euros to help the AU ad hoc high level committee on Libya mediate the crisis in the North African country.

A statement issued by the EU delegation here said late on Wednesday that the money was released following a request by the AU for financial support to help facilitate the work of the committee.

"This support is within the EU Africa Peace Facility's Early Response Mechanism, which finances inter alia the preparatory stages of mediation processes where urgent action is required," the statement said.

The AU committee was set up by a decision of the AU Peace and Security Council to facilitate an inclusive dialogue between the warring factions in Libya and engage AU partners as part of the overall efforts for a speedy resolution of the crisis.

The committee is composed of heads of state from Mauritania, the Republic of Congo, Mali, South Africa and Uganda, and the head of the AU Commission Jean Ping.

Source: Xinhua
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