Saturday, March 19, 2011

Ban Ki-moon urges Libya to cease hostilities immediately

Madrid. .- The Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the Libyan authorities "to immediately cease hostilities" and implement all terms of the resolution adopted by the Security Council and has asked the international community keep talking "unanimously." "It's a difficult situation in which thousands of lives remain at risk," said Ban in a press conference in Madrid after holding a meeting with Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.

After describing as "a historic" resolution adopted by the Security Council United Nations, which opens the possibility of using force to end attacks Muammar Gaddafi regime against the population, Ban said "it is imperative that Libyan authorities stop attacks against civilians. " He asserted that such attacks constitute a violation of human rights and international law and warned that those who "have taken part in these crimes, will be held accountable for them." In this context, the UN secretary general has urged the Libyan authorities to "immediately cease hostilities" and implement the provisions of the resolution adopted.

Also announced that tomorrow will participate in the summit convened in Paris to be attended by leading European and Arab and African countries. "It is imperative that the international community continues to speak unanimously," said the UN secretary general. Zapatero said that following the adoption of UN resolution, "the international community today is stronger." "Make no mistake, the international community will not be fooled by the Libyan regime," he added Zapatero, who emphasized that compliance with the terms of the resolution will be verified.

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