Italy, Germany mull post-Kadhafi Libya's future: Rome

28th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Italy said Monday it was exchanging views with Germany on Libya's future if embattled strongman Moamer Kadhafi is forced out but denied that this amounted to the creation of a post-conflict plan.

"We have begun exchanging views and proposals with Germany but also with others and we have found convergences on basic principles," Maurizio Massari, spokesman for the Italian foreign ministry, said.

"Let us not talk of plans and even less of rival plans," he added. "We are beginning to discuss with our main partners ideas and proposals to give the international community an orientation for the post-Kadhafi period."

In an interview published Sunday, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini set out the broad outlines of a diplomatic plan to resolve the Libya crisis that could include exile for Kadhafi.

"After the whole of Europe and the United Nations have said that the colonel is no longer an acceptable interlocutor, we cannot envisage a solution in which he would stay in power," Frattini told La Repubblica daily.

"Clearly exile for Kadhafi would be different... Even in his regime there are people working from the inside for this solution," he said.

Frattini said Italy would present its plan Tuesday at a London meeting of foreign ministers from the international coalition taking military action against the Libyan regime and from other countries in the region.

"Our goal is clear: We want to build with all the democratic forces of Libyan society a democratic, sovereign and united Libya," Massari said Monday.

"No one has spoken of an Italian-German plan in competition with another," he added.

Sunday, Frattini said the plan would include a UN-monitored ceasefire, wide consultations with Libya's many tribal groups and "a permanent humanitarian corridor which we are already working on with the Turkish government."

Libya was an Italian colony between 1911 and 1942 and is Italy's top trade partner. Italian major ENI is the biggest foreign energy producer in Libya and Italian companies have billions of euros (dollars) in contracts there.

© 2011 AFP

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