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EU NAVAL ACTION URGED IN HUMANITARIAN RELIEF FOR LIBYA

20 avril 2011

Senior members of the European Parliament today called on the EU to use naval resources for urgent humanitarian relief in Libya.  The MEPs claimed the EU was standing idle « while civilians are massacred in Misrata ».

In a joint statement, four key members of the Socialists and Democrats group — vice-president for foreign policy, Véronique De Keyser, the standing rapporteur on the negotiations of the EU-Libya Framework Agreement , Ana Gomes, the chair of the Maghreb delegation, Antonio Panzeri, and the group’s coordinator on the EP’s security and defence sub-committee, Roberto Gualtieri, said:

« It is difficult to understand that 15 days after the Council of the EU announced a common security and defence policy mission to support humanitarian aid in Libya, the EU stands idle while civilians are massacred in Misrata.

« Independently of a request from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the EU should immediately provide humanitarian support to the population of Misrata, namely by naval means.

« We call on the Council to invite our partners, such as the Arab League and the African Union, to contribute to the CSDP mission.

« We demand that the high representative for foreign policy, Baroness Ashton urgently verifies the reported offer by the Libyan government to grant access to aid workers in areas under its control, according to the UN.

 « We reiterate our call to Baroness Ashton to take concrete initiatives for an early ceasefire in order to reduce the suffering of the population inLibya.  The EU must play a strong and direct role in fostering political initiatives in this direction. »

Source: www.socialistsanddemocrats.eu

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