Libya 'end state' a focus in London: US

28th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

A major international conference on Libya in London on Tuesday will highlight the political "end state" of the country after the departure of Moamer Kadhafi, the White House said.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton left for the meeting on Monday which she has also said will focus on diplomatic efforts to force Kadhafi out of power as rebels make advances under a UN-mandated no fly zone.

"We do think it's very important to spell out an end state, a vision of where this goes," said Denis McDonough, a deputy national security advisor.

"I'm not going to get ahead of the conference, because it is a UK-led effort, but we do expect that there will be some amplification of the political end state and what the Libyan people can expect," he said.

McDonough said the "bottom line" of US policy was that Libyan people had to have a greater share in their future after the four-decades-long strongman rule of Kadhafi.

The sense the London conference would seek to pressure Kadhafi by evoking visions of a political transition in Libya was also contained in a joint statement issued on the eve of the conference by France and Libya.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron suggested that the opposition Interim National Transitional Council in Libya could play a pioneering role in the "process of transition to democracy."

"We encourage them to begin a national political dialogue, leading to a representative process of transition, constitutional reform and preparation for free and fair elections," the statement said.

© 2011 AFP

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