Int'l community calls for ceasefire, political solution in Libya

15:27, April 06, 2011      

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A man looks at a destroyed government tank in the suburbs of the rebel stronghold Benghazi, Libya, April 5, 2011. (Xinhua/Cai Yang)


Countries and regional organizations in the world are calling for immediate ceasefire and political solution in Libya, where forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and anti-Gaddafi rebels chased each other in the UN-mandated no-fly zone.

Algeria's Maghreb and Africa Affairs Minister Abdelkader Messahel Tuesday reiterated, "We endorse an immediate cease fire, as proposed by the African Union in its road map."

"We believe that political option remains the best remedy for the Libyan crisis," Messahel told a press conference in Algiers after meeting visiting British Minister for Middle East and North Africa Affairs Alistair Burt.

Messahel stressed that "the use of force would only delay the restoration of stability in this brotherly country, and there will certainly be repercussions on stability and security of the region."

Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini met with visiting African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Jean Ping in Rome on Tuesday 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 ceasefire" 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.
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
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