Saturday, March 12, 2011

France is involved in the Libyan crisis while the EU remains divided

Brussels .- The European Union discussed today at a special summit to do in the complicated puzzle of civil war that has become Libya's rebellion and while France has taken more advanced positions than the rest of the EU in favor of rebels and recognizing the transitional government in Benghazi which is opposed to the Qadhafi regime Muanmar.

The summit comes just a few hours after French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister, David Cameron, asked the Libyan leader last night "Muammar al-Gaddafi and his clique" to leave the country, while showing their support for the opposition to constitute a government "representative and responsible." In a letter to European Council President, Herman Van Rompuy, the two leaders believe that support for the Libyan National Transitional Council (CNLT) must be "a strong political signal" to qualify as "true political partner" and "voice important for the Libyan people at this stage.

" The joint letter from the French and British leaders, also sent to other EU countries, was released shortly after Sarkozy received at the Elysee Palace to two representatives of the CNLT and recognition as their interlocutors in Libya. Thus, France broke the unity of the European ranks and then brought to London to their positions, but the meeting of EU foreign ministers yesterday stressed the coordination of the EU and noted the reluctance of many countries to recognize by now CNLT as a legitimate interlocutor on behalf of the Libyan people.

Most foreign ministers, including Britain's William Hague, had stressed that European countries "recognize states, not governments." The French idea of \u200b\u200bsurgical air strikes against Muammar al-Gaddafi aviation is one of the leaders addressing today, but so far the EU has maintained a huge caution when discussing the use of force.

"If military options were discussed, as will the level of Heads of State or Government, which is the right level which should be treated," he said on Thursday a senior European official. So far, the EU, like NATO, have insisted that any action in Libya must abide by UN decisions and also to work closely with the Arab League and African Union to obtain the greatest possible support and impact .

The EU summit adopted a declaration, the draft clearly states that "Gaddafi must leave office immediately" and said that Libya must take "prompt" an orderly transition to democracy through a comprehensive dialogue. Enters into force today the extension of EU economic sanctions on Libya, including the freezing of assets in community land of five North African states of the country, including Libya Investment Authority (LIA, in English).

Although Libya is the main protagonist, the meeting of community leaders (starting at 1030 GMT) seek the answer to all the protests and riots that since December has been extended by several Arab countries and caused the collapse of two autocratic regimes in Egypt and Tunisia and some other serious trouble.

The Heads of State and Government have plans to support a set of ideas presented on Tuesday the European Commission, which are summarized in political and economic incentives to Arab countries to make progress in the reform process and to penalize those who do not . "The EU supports all the steps towards democratic transformation, economic and social reform, economic growth and prosperity," the EU draft statement.

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