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Council conclusions on Libya

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3082nd FOREIGN AFFAIRS Council meeting

Luxembourg, 12 April 2011

The Council adopted the following conclusions:

"(1.) The Council welcomed the efforts undertaken by the international community to ensure implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR) 1970 and 1973 in Libya. Recalling the need for close cooperation between all international partners, the Council welcomed the conference on Libya which was held in London on 29 March and the establishment of the Libya Contact Group. The creation of this Group, together with the further steps outlined at the Conference, provides an important platform for coordination of the international community’s efforts. The Council looked forward to the first meeting of the Contact Group in Doha on 13 April. The European Union is ready to intensify its efforts, in line with UNSCR 1973, to foster a political solution in close collaboration with the UN, the League of Arab States, the African Union and other relevant partners.

(2.) The Council called for an immediate and genuine ceasefire. The Council repeated its call on Colonel Kadhafi to relinquish power immediately. It once more condemned the Libyan regime’s refusal to respect UNSCR 1970 and 1973. It reiterated its call to the Libyan regime for a halt to the violence against citizens and for full respect for human rights. The Council also called for full compliance with international humanitarian law and in particular the protection of civilians. In this regard it noted the importance of cooperation with the International Criminal Court and welcomed the decision of the African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights of 25 March.