Libyan contact group calls on the colonel to leave Libya

Libyan contact group calls on the colonel to leave Libya
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A newly-formed international ‘contact group’ on Wednesday issued a call to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi to step down and leave Libya.

Qatari Prime Minister Hamad Al-Thani said world powers faced “a race against time” to save Libyan civilians from Gaddafi’s attacks.

Echoing concerns raised by UN chief Ban Ki-moon, Al-Thani said some 3.6 million people need humanitarian aid — half of the North African country’s population.

“Gaddafi’s regime has lost all legitimacy and he should leave and allow the Libyan people to decide their future,” said the Qatari PM.

Some 20 countries were meeting in the Qatari city of Doha to look for ways to end Libya’s two-week civil war. Ministers also agreed to set up a “temporary financial mechanism to help aid the rebels.”

euronews correspondent Maha Barada said: “The rebels also made their pledge to the contact group to help them meet the needs of the civilians in the East of Libya. They said they would like to receive humanitarian aid in return for oil shipments.”

They discussed supplying the rebels with arms but said no decision had been reached.

The ad-hoc group on Libya was formed in London on 29 March. It includes European powers, the United States, Middle East nations and international organisations.

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