Arriving for an EU General Affairs Council in Luxembourg on Tuesday, Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas expressed hope that meetings being held this week would yield immediate results for the start of a political process to end conflict in Libya.

In addition to the meeting of the 27 EU foreign ministers on Tuesday, there will be a meeting of the Contact Group for Libya in Doha on Wednesday and a meeting of regional organisations in Cairo on Thursday. Events in Libya will also dominate a two-day meeting NATO foreign ministers in Berlin that starts on Thursday.

Droutsas said that it was now necessary to achieve an immediate and reliable ceasefire in Libya, with both sides sitting down to seek a political solution.

"We have said this from the first moment and this is Greece's position: there cannot be a military solution to the crisis," Droutsas added.

The minister stressed that the top priority remained that of getting humanitarian aid to the people of Libya and that Greece was ready to make Crete a support base for the efforts of the international community.