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Situation in Libya

Situation in Libya

Published on February 23, 2011
Communiqué issued by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs

Paris, February 24 , 2011

On the initiative of France and many partners from every continent, the United Nations Human Rights Council will meet tomorrow to discuss Libya.

A resolution under negotiation strongly condemns the massive and unacceptable violence currently being perpetrated in that country. It holds the Libyan authorities accountable. This violence could constitute crimes against humanity.

At my request, and in agreement with several of France’s partners, this draft resolution demands Libya’s suspension from the United Nations Human Rights Council.

We urge all our Human Rights Council partners to vote in favour of this resolution.

All courses of action must be studied, including referral of the matter to the international courts.

I spoke at length about the situation in Libya with Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota during my visit to Brazil, the country which holds the presidency of the United Nations Security Council this month.

This afternoon, I will have a telephone conversation about Libya with the American Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton./.

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