UK to host summit to discuss U.N. Libya action

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Posted: Mar 23, 2011 1:16 PM
UK to host summit to discuss U.N. Libya action

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will host an international conference in London next Tuesday to discuss progress on the U.N.-mandated military intervention in Libya, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Wednesday.

"At the conference we will discuss the situation in Libya with our allies and partners and take stock of the implementation of U.N. Security Council Resolutions 1970 and 1973," Hague said in a statement.

"We will consider the humanitarian needs of the Libyan people and identify ways to support the people of Libya in their aspirations for a better future."

Hague said a "wide and inclusive range of countries" would be invited, particularly from the region.

"It is critical that the international community continues to take united and coordinated action in response to the unfolding crisis. The meeting will form a contact group of nations to take forward this work," he added.

Earlier French officials said the meeting would be at foreign minister level and would include the African Union, the Arab League and the associated European countries.

Hague said he had spoken on Tuesday to Mahmoud Jabril, named as head of an interim government by the Libyan rebel national council in the east of the country.

"We discussed progress in establishing a no-fly zone as called for by the Arab League, and the steps being taken to avoid civilian casualties, including by aborting an air strike on Sunday evening," he said.

"We agreed to remain in close contact."

(Reporting by Michael Holden; Editing by Matthew Jones)