Declaration by the High Representative, Catherine Ashton, on behalf of the EU on the reported use of cluster munitions in Libya

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Brussels, 29 April 2011

The EU strongly condemns the continued violence perpetrated by the Gaddafi regime against the Libyan civilian population. It calls once more for an immediate ceasefire and for full access to be granted for humanitarian assistance to the civilian population.

It is in particular deeply concerned about the reported use of cluster munitions against the civilian population in Libya. It calls upon the armed forces of Muammar Al Gaddafi to refrain from using force against the civilian population, whether through cluster munitions or any other means. They must take all necessary steps to ensure that civilians are protected from the effects of such munitions, including unexploded remnants of cluster munitions.