Italy to propose joint plan with Germany on Libya

March 27, 2011 11:50
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ROME - Italy will propose that it and Germany back a joint plan on Libya that involves a ceasefire, a humanitarian corridor and exile for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said.

Frattini said in an interview published on Sunday by La Repubblica newspaper that Rome would try to get Berlin to agree to the plan and present it at a London meeting to set up a high-level steering group on Libya.

"We have a plan and we will see if it can be translated into an Italian-German proposal, perhaps in a joint document that can be presented on Tuesday," he said.

He said it included a ceasefire monitored by the United Nations and a "permanent humanitarian corridor" to let aid in, which he said Turkey was already making efforts to achieve.

Italy would ask for a strong commitment by the Arab League and African Union, above all to have a dialogue with the Libyan opposition, he said. Arab states will attend Tuesday's meeting.

Frattini said it was "unthinkable" that any solution could leave Gaddafi in power, adding that the African Union was working on trying to persuade him to quit and that even members of his regime were trying to do so.

Britain and France pushed for military action in Libya, Germany resisted and Italy appeared to be left on the sidelines of decision-making, even though its bases are being used.

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