Mauritania leader to attend Libya talks in Paris: official

31st August 2011, Comments 0 comments

Mauritania's president who also headed the African Union's Libya mediation panel will attend a meeting in Paris this week to discuss Libya's future without Moamer Kadhafi, an official said Wednesday.

Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz "leaves this Wednesday evening for Paris," ahead of the Thursday start of the "Friends of Libya" conference, a presidency source said.

The AU steadily criticised NATO's attacks on Kadhafi regime targets and created its own mediation team that unsuccessfully tried to negotiate a peaceful end the conflict.

Ould Abdel Aziz headed the high-level panel, which also included Presidents Denis Sassou Nguesso of Congo (Brazzaville), Amadou Toumani Toure of Mali, Jacob Zuma of South Africa and Yoweri Museveni of Uganda.

Ould Abdel Aziz has kept quiet since Libya's National Transitional Council seized Tripoli last week, but his UPR political party on August 22 congratulated the Libyan people for their "total victory."

Around 60 nations are expected to be represented at Thursday's Friends of Libya conference, which will be co-chaired by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron.

The conference is expected to discuss funding for the war-shattered country as well as police training and diplomatic recognition for its future administration.

© 2011 AFP

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