Friday, March 4, 2011

Jimenez said that what happened in Libya is "unacceptable"

Madrid's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Trinidad Jimenez, said Thursday that the response of the Libyan regime Moammar Gadhafi antigovernment demonstrations had been "absolutely unacceptable" but believed that the answer to the crisis by the international community has been coordinated and "very forcefully." "What is happening now in Libya is absolutely unacceptable," the minister said in remarks to Tele Cinco.

In any case, "has been a reaction by the international community very forcefully, that shows that there is coordination, that coherence in foreign policy there," he continued. "One thing that is important is that it was the Arab League itself which stay suspended in Libya," he added. Jiménez explained that recently was able to meet in person to the Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, in particular "at the last meeting that took place between European Union and Africa, held in Tripoli," and that although there was "more to the protocol" itself could be seen - without elaborating - that "it is not like other leaders of other countries." According to Trinidad Jimenez, the international community and, more specifically, the European Union countries are acting appropriately and in this case.

"There is coordination, because I personally spoke ministers" and "we also do with the high representative" for foreign policy, Catherine Ashton said. In any case, he said, the purpose is "to be the humanitarian agencies themselves say exactly what is needed." The minister also highlighted the role of Spain in the work of humanitarian aid to refugees fleeing Libya.

"We were the first country that sent a humanitarian aid plane with 30 tons of humanitarian aid, which could serve 10,000 people," he said. "Today, we not only send a plane to help, but we will move an aircraft at the border to make three daily flight frequencies, so that in a week or so, we can complete the return of 4,000 refugees at the border, "he continued.

"Depending on the needs and what other countries do, we will repeat the operation," he added.

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