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Second Contact Group meeting on Libya - Rome, 5 May 2011

28 April 2011

The second Contact Group Meeting on Libya, after the Doha meeting, gets under way at 10.30 today, 5 May 2011. The meeting is co-chaired by Minister Franco Frattini and the Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Qatar, Sheik Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani.

Seeking a political solution to the Libyan crisis will be 22 countries and six international organisations – EU, UN, nato, the Arab League, the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and the Gulf Cooperation Council. The proceedings are preceded by a bilateral between Frattini and the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, which will be followed by a joint press conference.

America’s foreign policy chief will be having talks at the Quirinal Palace this afternoon with President Giorgio Napolitano, and at Palazzo Chigi with Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

At the close of the Contact Group Meeting at 14.30, participants will be meeting journalists to discuss the outcome.

A representative of Libya’s Transitional National Council will be invited to deliver a speech to those taking part in the meeting.

The purpose of the meeting is to further develop the results achieved in Doha in order to encourage the start of an inclusive political process that will allow the Libyan people to freely choose their own future, as well as to address in a consistent approach the humanitarian assistance and the longer term support for the Libyan people.

A particular attention will be deserved to the need of an effective coordination, under the leading role of the UN, of the international efforts towards a political solution of the crisis.

The Rome meeting is a key element of the international endeavour to protect the civilians in Libya and to help finding a lasting solution to the crisis, restoring peace and security in the whole Region.

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