Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The G8 agrees to stop the war in Libya

Paris - The foreign ministers of the G8, the Group of Seven industrialized countries and Russia failed to agree at a meeting in Paris in an intervention to stop the progress of Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi, against rebels opposition. "I have not yet convinced," said French minister of industry and meeting host, Alain Juppe, their colleagues at the meeting, while expressing fears that Gaddafi reconquer the rebel stronghold of Benghazi.

Without the use of force, the international community will probably be unable to stop the advance of Qaddafi and the recapture of Benghazi, Juppe said after talks on Monday with their counterparts in the U.S., Russia, Canada, United Kingdom Germany, Japan and Italy did not bear fruit. German industry minister, Guido Westerwelle rejected a military solution to the North African country.

"A military solution is no solution," he said in Paris. In addition, he was "very skeptical" about a possible no-fly zone over Libya. "I see that Germany can participate in military action in Libya," because a military operation could hurt rather than help, it would lead to "weaken the opposition movement in North Africa", when trying the opposite: the strengthening of the movement Democrat.

Also the implications for the Arab world must be considered. However, Westerwelle not reveal the German position in a vote before the Security Council, which currently holds a rotating seat. Talks continue today in the absence of the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, who traveled to Egypt.

Before leaving Paris, he met with a representative of the Libyan National Transitional called for the establishment of a no-fly zone to prevent air strikes Gaddafi. G8 Ministers agreed on the need to immediately resume the discussions in the Security Council of UN on a resolution to increase the pressure on Gadhafi departs, Juppe said.

"There are several ways to implement the sanctions, an embargo by sea, for example, and think what a no-fly zone would expect, although there is no consensus yet on the matter. France and the United Kingdom have been pushing for this measure Libya sore, but the United States, Russia, Germany and Italy, among others, have been reluctant.

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