03 May '11, 3am

International talks in Rome to seek Libya solution

ROME: Global powers will meet in Rome on Thursday to try and find a political solution to the conflict in Libya, amid a bloody stalemate in the fighting and an escalating humanitarian crisis. The International Contact Group talks will also discuss whether to arm the uprising against Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi and how to finance the rebels, including through oil sales from eastern Libya on world energy markets. "The aim of the meeting is to favour the beginning of an inclusive political process that will allow the Libyan people to choose their own future freely," the Italian foreign ministry said in a statement ahead of the talks. It added that the meeting would also focus on finding "a coherent approach to provide humanitarian aid and long-term support for the Libyan people." A senior European diplomat said that the meeting, which will be the second after the one hel...

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