France hopes for UN Libya action this week

15th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

France hopes the United Nations Security Council will pass a resolution this week to curb bombardments of Libya by forces loyal to strongman Moamer Kadhafi, its foreign minister said Tuesday.

Alain Juppe said he hopes for UN measures "as soon as possible, by the end of the week," answering a reporter's question after talks with his counterparts from the Group of Eight world powers.

The G8 called for fresh UN measures against Kadhafi but dropped calls for a no-fly zone to end the Libyan leader's aerial bombardment of rebels, which failed to win support from the United States, Russia and the European Union.

Reading a statement after their talks, Juppe said the major powers welcomed measures under way at the UN Security Council "as a matter of urgency" to protect Libyans from the fighting.

"Ministers called on Moamer Khadhafi to respect the legitimate claim of the Libyan people to fundamental rights, freedom of expression and a representative form of government," Juppe said.

"They also agreed that the UN Security Council should increase the pressure, including through economic measures, for Moamer Kadhafi to leave," Juppe said.

© 2011 AFP

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