Friday, April 15, 2011

The international community calls for a ceasefire and dialogue in Libya

The leaders of the UN, European Union, Arab League, African Union and the Organization for Islamic Conference in Cairo have highlighted the need for a ceasefire in Libya and begin a process of dialogue. "We are concerned about the escalating violence and civilian casualties" in Libya, said the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, who chaired the meeting at Arab League headquarters in central Cairo.

Also, the five institutions stressed the importance of today's meeting to end the "bloodshed" to Libya and allow humanitarian assistance to the European Union undertook to assume that if the UN requested to do so. "The Libyan regime has lost its legitimacy," said the diplomat of the European Union (EU), Catherine Ashton stressed that "we must end violence against citizens and respect human rights." Ashton also outlined the priorities of the international community at a ceasefire, protecting civilians, humanitarian aid and political transition to democracy led by the Libyan people.

"Before the meeting, several dozens of Libyans advocates leader Muammar al-Gaddafi spoke in the doors of the Arab League headquarters shouting "Allah, Muammar, Libya and Now." However, other group also consists of several tens of antigadafistas arrived at the scene carrying rebel flags and took the place that they occupied after a brief confrontation in which they came to throw stones.

In addition to Ashton and Ban, the meeting, which was described without exception very useful by the participants present were the secretary general of the Organization for Islamic Conference Oglo Oglo Ekmeledin Hasan and President of the African Union Commission , Jean Ping. On February 17 a public outcry erupted in the Lebanese city of Benghazi, the second biggest, which spread throughout the east and numerous locations where lighting is not finished.

Civil protests soon turned into an armed insurrection when citizens took to arms in the barracks abandoned by the armed forces Gaddafi soon moved to the counter. Since then gadafistas rebels are fighting for control of the country in an armed conflict in which the international community has intervened to impose an air exclusion area to protect civilians.

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