Libya meeting for EU ministers planned

2011-03-03 15:01
Brussels - European Union foreign ministers were on Thursday summoned to an extraordinary meeting on Libya in Brussels on March 10, the latest in a packed series of talks next week on the turmoil.

As the EU shifts into top gear on Libya, the office of EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said the meeting of the 27 ministers would be held as "a working lunch".

The informal talks will "assess ongoing developments in Libya and the wider region" and prepare for an extraordinary EU summit called for the next day, March 11, a statement said.

The Friday crisis summit of heads of state and government aims to seek a joint response on the turmoil in Libya while thrashing out a new common policy for the future towards Arab states on Europe's southern flank.

Also in town, as the debate continues over whether there should be a military response to Muammar Gaddafi, will be defence ministers from the 28-member Nato military alliance.

On Wednesday, leading EU figures urged defiant Gaddafi to quit.

"It is time for him to go and give the country back to the people of Libya," said European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso.

Policy revamp

"The situation we are seeing in Libya is simply atrocious and we cannot accept it," said the head of the 27-nation EU's executive arm.

Ashton also stepped up the rhetoric, after Gaddafi, who seized power in a 1969 coup, warned "thousands" would die if the West intervened to support the uprising against him.

"I join with those who tell Colonel Gaddafi to stand aside," she said after talks with deputy British premier Nick Clegg.

Clegg also said that long-term, EU policies towards its north African neighbourhood need "revamped from top to toe".

The EU has dispatched its crisis aid chief to oversee help to the cold and hungry refugees from Libya massing on the borders with Tunisia and Egypt on Wednesday, while tripling crisis funding from three to €10m.

Read more on:    eu  |  muammar gaddafi  |  nick clegg  |  libya  |  libya protests  |  north africa  |  uprisings

Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

Traffic & Train Alerts
Cape Town 12:55 PM
Road name: Nelson Mandela Boulevard Inbound

FLOODING near the Strand Street exit - approach with caution

Goodwood 12:14 PM
Road name: N7 Vanguard Drive Southbound

SLOW TRAFFIC towards Voortrekker Road

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now! - shop online today

Save up to 30% off top fragrances

Get mind blowing savings on selected fragrances. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 40% off fashion accessories

Save up to 40% on selected handbags, purses, watches, jewellery and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R2000 on top electronics

Get every day mind bowing savings on top electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to 50% on Women’s month treats!

Celebrate the awesome women in your life with awesome treats like beauty products, fashion accessories, bestselling books, electronics and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 60% off - clearance sale!

Save up to 60% on appliances, books, electronics, toys, movies and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25


Today you may want to bond with your children and need to connect to your imaginative and playful side. It may be that you more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.