Renewed: 14.03.2011, 14:56

Government Communication Unit, 11 March 2011 14:52

European Union leaders call for Gaddafi to relinquish power

Brussels, 11 March 2011 – At today’s extraordinary European Council meeting in Brussels, heads of state and government of the EU expressed serious concern over the situation in Libya and called on the country’s leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi to give up power immediately.

“The European Council denounced the violence perpetrated by Gaddafi against the Libyan people,” said Prime Minister Andrus Ansip after the summit. “What is taking place in Libya right now is an extensive and brutal violation of human rights. At the meeting, we expressed strong solidarity with the Libyan people.”

The European Council welcomed the International Court of Criminal Justice investigation of the situation in Libya and promised to work together with the UN, the League of Arab Nations, the African National Congress and other international partners in resolving the crisis. The European Union also expressed readiness to launch cooperation with Libya’s new authorities to help build constitutional order and a state governed by the rule of law, and to support the economy.

Considering the scale of the humanitarian disaster and massive flow of refugees, the European Union called on all parties to allow humanitarian aid organizations to have access to everyone who needs assistance.

“It is very important that humanitarian aid be quickly delivered to all those in need,” said Ansip. “Estonia has already donated 50,000 euros through the International Committee of the Red Cross.”

Besides the situation in Libya, the European Council also discussed developments elsewhere in North Africa. The European Council welcomed the proposal to create a partnership based on differentiated approach with the countries on the southern shore of the Mediterranean.

“Such a partnership also means linking funding with specific results in democratizing the country and carrying out reforms,” said Ansip. “In other words – the more reforms, the greater the support.”

In the more long-term perspective, the European Union’s priorities are building democracy and institutions, promoting investments and developing the economy and trade in the region.

As one major goal in the southern partnership is the developing of strong democratic institutions, the European Council considered it important to establish strong and effective ties between the parliaments of the European Union and the countries on the southern shore of the Mediterranean.


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