FM Droutsas at Libya: Contact Group meeting

The meeting of the Contact Group on Libya was concluded here on Thursday with the participation of 22 foreign ministers and seven international organisations. Greece was represented by Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas who, speaking after the meeting, said "it is very important for us to intensify and coordinate our efforts aiming at the finding of a political solution."
The Greek foreign minister added that "Greece has contributed with its thoughts, proposals and initiatives and in the specific direction of a road map. The time has come for the international community, in a coordinated and responsible way, to work in this direction."

As regards the overall course that must be followed, Droutsas stressed that serious efforts are necessary for the finding of a political solution, always under the auspices of the UN.
On the question of the humanitarian tragedy that is under way, the foreign minister, addressing the meeting, announced that "Greece is preparing and will send immediately, in the coming days, a ship with humanitarian aid, pharmaceutical material and a mobile medical unit, that will be established in Benghazi." This unit will also be accompanied by a group of Greek diplomats who will also assume a coordinating and liaison role with the rebel forces in Benghazi.

Droutsas said that "it was confirmed today that the international community is speaking with only one voice on the issue of Libya, but we are not seeing an end to violence and we are confirmed in the view that our country expressed from the very beginning that the crisis will not end, only with military measures."
The participants in the meeting of Rome also acknowledged the basic importance of Greek logistical support for the operations in Libya.

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