Foreign ministry denies 'Independent' report alleging secret Libya deal

The Greek foreign ministry on Friday denied a press report published in the UK-based newspaper "Independent", claiming that Greece was in secret talks with the Gaddafi regime in Libya.
A foreign ministry announcement stressed that there was no truth to the report and noted that a meeting of the Libya Contact Group in Abu Dhabi on Thursday had made significant progress in terms of an ongoing discussion about using the Libyan regime's frozen assets to provide humanitarian aid, in accordance with the decisions of the UN Security Council.
It also repeated that Greece, along with its partners and allies, was actively participating in efforts to find a political solution to the Libyan crisis and had already declared its willingness to undertake initiatives to this end, including the provision of humanitarian aid to the Libyan people.
The "Independent" report claimed that the paper had seen an unsigned memorandum negotiated by a former diplomat close to Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou and members of the Gaddafi regime, in which the two sides agree to use 20 billion dollars of Libyan funds that are frozen abroad for a humanitarian aid operation that will benefit both sides in the civil war and pave the way for peace talks.

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