Libya foreign minister in Ethiopia to push for peace

Mon Apr 25, 2011

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan Foreign Minister Abdelati Obeidi is heading to Addis Ababa to discuss the African Union peace plan as part of an effort to intensify contacts aimed at ending the war, a government spokesman said.

Mussa Ibrahim confirmed that Morocco had been involved in peace efforts and said Muammar Gaddafi’s government was also in contact with Russia, Greece, Turkey and Latin American governments in a bid to agree a peace plan.

“In the next few days and weeks we are intensifying our peaceful efforts. We are supporting the Greek, Turkish, African and Latin American peace initiatives,” he told Reuters.

“We are very hopeful that in the next few days, the next week or two, the peaceful proposals… will take shape and will embarrass NATO into accepting them because NATO has to understand that if it is really into peace and democracy in Libya it should stop bombarding us and start talking to us.”

Libya’s government accepted a peace proposal put forward by the African Union earlier this month but the rebels rejected the plan as it did not provide for Gaddafi’s removal.

Libya’s government has made repeated calls for a ceasefire, rejected by rebels who say the calls are not matched by actions.

Libya had already said it had spoken to both Russia and Greece this week and discussed a potential ceasefire.

Ibrahim also confirmed reports from Moroccan sources earlier this week that suggested that the North African country was pushing for a resolution.

“Morocco has been involved but it hasn’t given us a full proposal for peace,” he said. “It has talked to the rebels and to us and we are waiting for a well shaped plan for peace to come from Morocco.”

source : Reuters

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