There is mounting pressure on Libyan leader Muammer Gaddafi, with an agreement that coalition military action will continue.
The news comes at the end of a conference in London on the Libyan crisis, attended by ministers from 40 governments and delegates from international bodies.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague said:
“Participants of the conference agreed to establish the Libya Contact Group. This contact group will meet to provide leadership and overall political direction to the international effort, in close coordination with the UN, the African Union, the Arab League, the Organisation of the Islamic Conference and the EU, to support Libya, to provide a forum for coordinating the international response on Libya.”
It has also been agreed that Qatar will convene the first meeting of the contact group.
The Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister,
Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr Al-Thani, said: “We urge Gaddafi and his people to leave and not to cause any more bloodshed. I think this is the only solution to solve this problem as soon as possible. Right now we don’t see any indication of that, but this hope, which we offer now, might not be on the table after a few days.”
Gaddafi is being urged to comply with a UN resolution aimed at protecting civilians.