AU, Arab league discuss situation in Libya

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Addis Ababa - African Union (AU) Commission chairperson Dr. Jean Ping and Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa have held talks regarding the situation in Libya, according to a statement issued by the AU headquarters.

Monday's statement said that during the meeting, which took place during Ping's visit to Egypt at the weekend, he briefed Moussa on the second meeting of the AU High-Level Ad-Hoc Committee and the Consultative Meeting on Libya held in Addis Ababa last Friday.

Moussa expressed concern about the ongoing hostilities in Libya, with special emphasis on the civilian casualties caused by the airstrikes carried out by western countries. 

He informed Ping that the AU roadmap for resolving the Libyan crisis was under consideration by League of Arab States members.

Before leaving Egypt on Sunday, Ping met African ambassadors based in Cairo and briefed them on the major challenges facing the continent, including Libya, Cote d'Ivoire and Somalia, and AU efforts to resolve these crises.

During his trip to Cairo, Ping met Egypt's Interim Prime Minister, Dr. Essam Sharaf, and Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr. Nabil Al-Arabi, according to the statement.