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Libya/France/UK/United Nations

Published on August 23, 2011
Libya/telephone conversation between Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the Republic, and David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland – Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic

Paris, 22 August 2011

President Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron had a telephone conversation this evening to discuss the situation in Libya.

They both agreed to continue their efforts to support the legitimate Libyan authorities for as long as Gaddafi refuses to surrender his weapons. They said the new transition phase that is due to begin must be conducted in a spirit of reconciliation and national unity, and they hailed the commitments made to this end by the leaders of the NTC [National Transitional Council], with whom they held talks today.

Finally, President Sarkozy and Prime Minister Cameron decided to engage immediately in close consultation with the legitimate Libyan authorities and their international partners with a view to organizing, in Paris next week, an enlarged summit of the Libya Contact Group.

President Sarkozy also had a meeting in the evening with Mr Ban Ki-moon. The Head of State and the UN Secretary-General said that, if the legitimate Libyan authorities so wish, the United Nations will have an important role to play in supporting the transition phase that is due to begin./.

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