EU — Statement by the High Representative following the London Conference on Libya

Cather­ine Ash­ton, the High Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Union for For­eign Affairs and Secu­ri­ty Pol­i­cy and Vice-Pres­i­dent of the Com­mis­sion, made the fol­low­ing state­ment today:
“I am very encour­aged by the progress we made today in Lon­don. The meet­ing con­firmed that the inter­na­tion­al com­mu­ni­ty is unit­ed in its deter­mi­na­tion to imple­ment swift­ly UNSCRs 1970 and 1973 (2011) and that Colonel Kad­hafi and his regime have com­plete­ly lost legit­i­ma­cy. We also reaf­firmed our com­mit­ment to work togeth­er to assist a demo­c­ra­t­ic tran­si­tion in Libya. Above all, we have stressed that the future lies in the hands of the Libyan peo­ple.

As the Euro­pean Coun­cil reit­er­at­ed last week, Colonel Kad­hafi should relin­quish pow­er imme­di­ate­ly in order to allow Libya to rapid­ly embark on an order­ly tran­si­tion to democ­ra­cy.

To help with the polit­i­cal process and coor­di­nate inter­na­tion­al sup­port, the meet­ing today has agreed to estab­lish an inter­na­tion­al con­tact group with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the EU and key orga­ni­za­tions like the Unit­ed Nations, African Union and Arab League as well as oth­er rel­e­vant part­ners and EU Mem­ber States.

From the start, the EU has respond­ed quick­ly to the cri­sis in Libya. We have put in place tough eco­nom­ic sanc­tions against the Kad­hafi regime; we have offered gen­er­ous human­i­tar­i­an sup­port and are ready to step up our efforts. I have engaged con­stant­ly to make sure key inter­na­tion­al part­ners act in con­cert, par­tic­u­lar­ly the Unit­ed Nations, the Arab League and the African Union.

Togeth­er with key part­ners I will con­tin­ue to work for a solu­tion to the cri­sis which responds to the legit­i­mate demands of the Libyan peo­ple, fos­ter­ing dia­logue and assist­ing a new Libya to build a pros­per­ous and demo­c­ra­t­ic future.”

Coun­cil of the Euro­pean Union

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