Tripoli says ready to implement AU road map

ADDIS ABABA — Tripoli is ready to implement the road map envisaged by the African Union for a solution to the Libyan crisis, Muammar Gaddafi’s delegation to AU talks said here Friday.

By (AFP)

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Published: Fri 25 Mar 2011, 11:32 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 11:19 PM

“We are ready to implement the Road Map envisaged ... (by) the High-Level Committee mandated by the Peace and Security Council of the African Union,” the delegation said in a statement.

The roadmap calls for an immediate end to all hostilities, “cooperation on the part of the relevant Libyan authorities to facilitate humanitarian aid,” and “protection for all foreign nationals, including African migrant workers.”

The Tripoli delegation is headed by Mohammed al-Zwai, secretary general of the General People’s Congress.

The statement called on the international community to oblige the “other parties” in the conflict to respect a ceasefire.

“Libya is committed to a ceasefire and the international community should impose the same obligation to (the) other parties. It is also committed to an observer mission of the African Union to monitor the ceasefire,” the delegation said.

It also demanded “the cessation of the air bombardment and the naval blockade carried out by Western forces and the United States”, arguing that these measures were having the opposite effect from what the UN intended as they are killing civilians “by the hundred” rather than protecting them.

It further asked for the lifting of the economic embargo.

“What is happening in Libya is strictly an African problem which should be dealt with solely by the African Union. With the help of the AU and under (its) auspices, the Libyans are capable of resolving their problems peacefully,” the statement said.

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