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Libya:AU says its roadmap only proposal for settling Libyan crisis

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Laaska News  May 8,2011

ALGIERS, May 7 (Xinhua) — Chairman of the African Union Commission Jean Ping said the AU’s roadmap for Libya is currently the “sole” political proposal for settling the crisis in this country.

“AU’s roadmap seems to be the sole proposal put on the table,” Jean Ping, who attended on Saturday the opening ceremony of the founding congress of the Association of African Constitutional Justice in Algiers, was quoted by Algerian official news agency APS as saying.

Jean Ping pointed out that the other parties involved in the Libyan crisis have not presented any political proposal to settle the crisis, deploring the way that the UN Security Council’s resolution 1973 has been implemented.

He stressed that this resolution, which aims at protecting populations, seems not to be the case in actual fact.

“We have noticed that the implementation of this resolution looks much more to an intervention for a ‘regime change’ in Libya, ” he was quoted as saying.

Algerian Minister for Maghreb and African Affairs Abdelkader Messahel said on Friday that AU’s roadmap for a political settlement of the crisis in Libya includes a monitoring mechanism for a ceasefire.

The minister underlined that “the AU’s proposal is of utmost importance as it provides for a ceasefire monitoring mechanism in Libya.”

In this regard, Messahel said that there is a convergence at the international level on need for a ceasefire, pointing out that the UN Security Council’s resolution 1973 calls for such a ceasefire.

The AU’s roadmap also calls for the protection of African workers and an “inclusive dialogue” between the Libyan parties for a political solution to the crisis, the minister said.

Since the outbreak of the Libyan crisis, Algeria has reiterated several times its position for a political solution and warned that the flow of weapons to Libya could encourage terrorist activities in the region and would have disastrous consequences for all the neighboring countries.

Algeria also called for an immediate cessation of hostilities and foreign intervention in Libya, and hailed the role of the African Union for its devoted efforts for finding a solution to the Libyan conflict.


Laaska News.