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Foreign Minister Urmas Paet: International Community Has Vital Role in Resolving Crisis in Libya

29.03.2011

No. 102-E

At the conference on the Libya crisis held in London, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet emphasised that the support and aid of the international community are essential for ending the civil war in Libya and starting the implementation of political reforms there. Foreign Minister Paet emphasised that it is important to include countries from Northern Africa and the Middle East in the NATO-led operation and also that the international community must ensure that humanitarian aid reaches those in need.

The Estonian foreign minister emphasised that implementing the sanctions named in UN Security Council resolution 1973 is unavoidable if we want to protect the Libyan population from the violence of the Gadhafi regime. “The international community must protect the residents of Libya from the violence that is aimed at them,” said Foreign Minister Paet.

Paet stated that the international community must already be turning its attention to initiating the political process that will follow the military stage of the conflict in Libya. “We must focus on further political steps, including legislative reform and national reconciliation to avoid Libya becoming divided. For this it is important that the European Union, UN and NATO engage in extensive co-operation with regional organisations,” said Foreign Minister Paet.

The Estonian foreign minister expressed concern over the humanitarian situation in Libya. Paet stressed that the Gadhafi regime must stop hindering humanitarian aid from reaching displaced persons camps and hospitals. “Aid reaching the victims of Gadhafi’s oppressive regime will also help to reduce the flow of refugees into Europe. The European Union is prepared to provide comprehensive aid to residents that have suffered as a result of the civil war in Libya,” said the foreign minister.

Other participants in the conference on the Libya conflict held in London were US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the foreign ministers of other European Union and NATO member states, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, Chairman of the African Union Jean Ping, Secretary General of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, a representative of the Arab League, the prime minister of Qatar, and the foreign ministers of countries in Northern Africa and the Middle East.

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