Deputy FM Dollias meets with Libyan emissary ahead of urgent meet of EU foreign ministers on Libyan crisis

Greek deputy foreign minister Dimitris Dollis on Thursday received Libyan emissary Mohamed Tahir Siala, just hours ahead of an emergency meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels on the situation in Libya.

The meeting was held with agreement between foreign minister Dimitris Droutsas and EU High Representative for foreign affairs and security policy Baroness Catherine Ashton, so that "views would be heard" ahead of the EU foreign ministers' council, and was also attended by ministry secretary general Ioannis-Alexis Zepos.

No statements were made to the press afterwards.

Libyan emissaries had similar meetings in several other EU member states on Thursday.

Diplomatic sources told ANA-MPA that Greece's position is that the bloodshed in Libya must stop immediately and that the international community must remain united and exercise pressure on the Libyan regime. In that direction, the role of the UN Security Council is mandatory and decisive, the sources added.

The Greek side listened to the positions of the Libyan regime for an exit from the crisis, which were conveyed by Siala, and will brief its EU partners at the emergency meeting later on Thursday that has been called by Ashton to discuss the developments in Libya and the wider region in preparation of an extraordinary EU summit on Friday, according to the same sources.

They added that the positions set out in Athens by Siala did not differ from those voiced publicly by Muammar Gaddafi and other representatives of the Libyan regime.

The sources further said that "true intentions" cannot be detected, and the positions presented will be assessed comprehensively by the EU foreign ministers' Council on External Affairs.

Greece, the sources added, remains dedicated to the implementation of the UN Security Council's resolution.

Protest outside Libyan embassy against Gaddafi gov't

A protest was held by Libyan nationals living in Greece outside the North African country's embassy in the Greek capital against the Gaddafi regime, while they also demanded the resignation of the Libyan envoy in the country.

Protesters called on the Libyan ambassador to take a position on the conflict currently raging in the oil-rich country in the southern Mediterranean and recognise the temporary administration set up in eastern Libya, or otherwise, resign.


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