PM Papandreou receives Libyan emissary

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou received a Libyan emissary on Sunday evening in Athens.

Papandreou met with Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's emissary and acting foreign minister Abdulati Al-Obeidi. Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas said after the meeting that the Greek government had over the past days a series of contacts regarding developments in Libya.

"The prime minister spoke, among others, with Libyan prime minister and this contact resulted to the dispatch of a special emissary here in Athens, whom we received in the framework in which we, as Greece, have underlined from the very first moment: efforts for a political, diplomatic solution in Libya must continue," Droutsas said in a stetement.

"This emissary, as he has informed us, will continue his contacts in Turkey tomorrow (Monday) and then in Malta.

"On our part, we underlined, we reiterated the clear message of the International Community: full respect and implementation of the UN resolutions, immediate cease-fire, to end violence and hostilities, particularly against civilians in Libya.


Judging from the emissary's words, it seems that the regime is also searching a solution. What is necessary is a serious effort for peace and stability in the region. Greece will continue, in this effort, to offer its good services. We are in contact with all our partners and allies, we will brief them on our contacts as well as on Greece's ideas and proposals."

Earlier on Sunday, the Greek premier's office announced the meeting following a request by Libyan prime minister al-Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmudi in a telephone call to Papandreou.

The announcement by Papandreou's office also said that the Greek premier had a series of telephone contacts on the developments in Libya over the past 48 hours. He spoke with British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday, while on Saturday he spoke with the prime ministers of Qatar and Libya, and with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier Sunday.

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