Pessimism at Madrid Conference But Delegates Reject Military Action [Libya Herald]

Morocco was one of 21 countries and international organizations gathered in Madrid to discuss the ongoing situation in Libya:


The Madrid Conference. Photo: Spanish Foreign Ministry.

The Madrid Conference. Photo: Spanish Foreign Ministry.

The Madrid Conference on Libya today opened in a mood of pessimism as Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo warned that the country could end up in a civil war similar to that in Syria. Such a disaster and the prospect of extremists taking over the country could still be prevented he said, but there were no concrete proposals at the meeting apart from yet more calls for dialogue. There was, however, agreement that outside military intervention was not an option.

Bernardino Leon, the newly appointed special representative of the UN Secretary General for Libya, called for an immediate ceasefire.

The objective of the conference was to provide a regional impetus for international efforts at stability in Libya as well as sending a message to those involved in the crisis to end military action and engage in negotiations and dialogue…[Full Story]


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