The Libyan crisis and, more in general, developments in North Africa, are the main focus of the G8 foreign ministers meeting today and tomorrow in Paris, and in which Minister Frattini is participating. The agenda covers issues associated with peace in the Middle East, the fight against terrorism and non-proliferation. “The only solution” to ending the crisis in Libya, “is an immediate ceasefire to be accompanied by international measures”, Frattini asserted, who pointed out that “we will be discussing that this afternoon in the G8, where there are countries like Russia who have been among the more reluctant in the Security Council”.
The G8 ministerial follows on from an intense weekend of meetings, particularly on the crisis in Libya. An informal meeting of EU foreign ministers was held in Budapest, where Minister Frattini was able to reiterate the need for the EU to work on involving all the Libyan tribes in calling a “a ceasefire, which is our current priority”. Frattini also expressed his hope that the Arab League would take “political action”, whose foreign ministers have asked the UN Security Council to shoulder its responsibility to impose a no-fly zone on Libya. Regarding international actions against the Libyan regime, according to Frattini, “there are reflections under way but as yet no consensus on further measures, including the no-fly zone”. “Many countries, Italy included,” he added, “consider its approval by the UN Security Council and the Arab League indispensable”.
The minister is scheduled to speak in the Senate on developments in the Libyan situation on Wednesday 16 March. The hearing will be before the joint Upper and Lower House foreign affairs commissions.