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Equatorial Guinea:African foreign ministers hold consultations on Libyan crisis

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Laaska News  June 30,2011

MALABO, June 29 (Xinhua) — Foreign ministers of the member states of the African Union (AU) High Level Ad Hoc Committee on Libya on Wednesday met in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea amidst deepening political crisis in the north African country.

The closed door meeting was held as African leaders are convening here for the 17th Ordinary Session of the AU Summit, scheduled to start on Thursday.

Sam Kutesa, Uganda’s foreign minister told Xinhua after the meeting that the ministers were making proposals to the heads of state on the AU ad hoc committee.

“We are making proposals to our heads of state about implementation of the communiqué they had issued in Pretoria, South Africa. For now am not at liberty to talk about the proposals,” he said.

A communiqué issued by the heads of state including that of Mauritania, Uganda, Mali, South Africa and the Republic of Congo called for a cessation of hostilities and the start of a reconciliation process in Libya.

The committee appealed to all Libyans to heed its call to allow Africans continue to provide what it called “Africa-owned and Africa-led solutions to our problems.”

The heads of state decided that a ministerial delegation should be sent to some bilateral partners to facilitate a coordinated international response for the prompt settlement of the Libyan conflict.

Despite protests from the AU, NATO forces have continued to bomb Libya.

“Foreign intervention in Africa is not acceptable and we shall never allow it,” Kutesa said.

Xinhua.

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