Thursday, July 7, 2011

Libya opposition to meet NATO, EU heads

Mustafa Abdul Jalil, chairman of the revolutionary National Transitional Council (NTC) in Libya (file photo)

Source: Press TV

The leaders of the Libyan revolutionary forces are expected to visit Brussels next week and hold negotiations with top officials from the European Union and NATO.

A delegation consisting of senior members of the National Transitional Council (NTC) is scheduled to meet NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy in mid July, Reuters reported.

President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso may also be among the top EU officials the Libyan opposition delegation is expected to meet.

"NATO has had contacts with the NTC as part of the broad international efforts to find a solution to the Libya crisis ... such meetings have taken place and will continue to take place,” a NATO official said.

The meeting has not yet been confirmed by the military alliance.

Libya has been the scene of intense fighting between the revolutionaries and government forces since mid-February. The deadly conflict has left scores of people dead.

On 17 March, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 1973 to impose a no-fly zone over Libya.

NATO air strikes against Tripoli and other cities have also claimed many civilian lives.

The US-led military alliance has admitted that its forces have killed scores of civilians and wounded many others in the ongoing aerial attacks on key Libyan cities.

The Western coalition has recently intensified its attacks on Libya in an alleged attempt to increase pressure on Gaddafi.

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