India calls for immediate cessation of hostilities in Libya
Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), May 25: Backing African Union's position on Libya, Indian Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, called for an immediate cessation of hostilities in Libya and said on Wednesday: "We appreciate the lead taken by African Union and we endorse the stand taken by he African Union on the situation in Libya."
In a joint statement signed at the conclusion of second India Africa summit called Addis Ababa declaration, India called for an immediate cessation of hostilities in Libya and urged the parties in the conflict to strive towards a political solution through peaceful means and dialogue.
Addis Ababa declaration states "We take note of UN Security Council resolutions 1970 and 1973 on Libya and stress that efforts to implement them should be within the spirit and letter of those resolutions.
In this regard, we call for an immediate cessation of all hostilities in Libya and urge the parties in the conflict to strive towards a political solution through peaceful means and dialogue"
"We express support for the African Union High-Level Ad Hoc Committee initiative and the African Union roadmap for the peaceful and consensual resolution of the conflict," the joint statement added.
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna met his Libyan counterpart Adbal Al Obeidi in the Ethiopian capital. SM Krishna has regretted the NATO led air strikes and urged a immediate ceasefire in Libya.
SM Krishna also called for an end to the violence and any attacks against civilians.
According to sources, during his meeting with External Affairs Minister Krishna, Libyan Minister asked for India's support for immediate ceasefire in Libya.
African Union has been maintaining that only a political solution will make it possible to promote peace in a lasting manner in Libya. The organisation has been working on a ceasefire plan that involves a dialogue among all Libyan parties.
The Libyan Foreign Minister had visited Ethiopia recently to hold talks with the African Union leadership on the ceasefire proposal, but the opponents of the ceasefire proposal are critical of the African Union roadmap. By Naveen KapoorANI)
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