Deputy foreign minister interviewed by '21st Century Business Herald' on Libya crisis

The time has come to activate the second part of the United Nations Security Council decision on Libya and begin a dialogue that might lead to political reforms in Libya, Greece's Deputy Foreign Minister Dimitris Dollis asserted in an interview recently published by a Chinese newspaper '21st Century Business Herald'.

He said this dialogue should aim to find a viable solution to the crisis and that Greece supports a multilateral international dialogue on Libya, calling on the international community to promote the appropriate diplomatic initiatives.

Dollis said that Greece was in favour of full respect for Libya's independence, national sovereignty and territorial integrity and wanted Libyan citizens to decide independently on their future and meet a response to their demands for an open, free and prosperous society.

On the economic impact of the upheaval in the region, he warned that this could have long-term repercussions on the area's stability and stressed the need to intensify international diplomatic efforts to avert any deterioration of the situation.

According to Dollis, this concerned the contribution of the United Nations, the Arab League and the African Union, along with the support of neighbouring states and organisations and organisations such as the EU.

Concerning Greece's role as one of Libya's immediate neighbours, Dollis agreed that the stakes for Greece were high during the crisis and in the opportunity to play a major role in tackling this.

The minister said that Greece had emerged historically as a sincere and reliable country with which the entire region was able to converse. He noted Athens' support for allied operations to end the bloodshed in Libya while at the same time stressing the humanitarian aspects of the crisis and promoting measures to end the armed conflicts and lift the impasse.

Concerning China's role in the military operation in Libya, Dollis noted that China had an important leading role and a great responsibility as one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council. He said China's stance reflecting a desire for respect of the UN charter and that many countries shared the concerns and questions it had raised, which had to be answered with an eye to the contents and limits of UNSCR 1973.

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