Italy outlines Libya plan with Kadhafi exile

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

"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 at a meeting in London on Tuesday of foreign ministers from the international coalition taking military action against the Libyan regime and from other countries in the region.

"We have a plan and we will see if it can become an Italian-German proposal. Perhaps we will have a joint document to present on Tuesday," he said.

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."

"We will have to include the tribal groups, at least the most significant ones. Everyone will then work together on a constitution for Libya," he said.

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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