Italy 'should help Libya, but without foreign peacekeepers'

New ambassador calls for technical support but no weapons

04 December, 15:00

    (ANSAmed) - CAIRO, DECEMBER 4 - Libya's new ambassador to Rome, Ezzedin Al-Awami, on Thursday called for Italy to help bolster the ''legitimate power of the elected parliament and to stabilize security''. The former vice president of the General National Congress (GNC) noted that, however, ''the Libyan population would not accept the presence of foreign peacekeepers''. In recent days Italy's foreign minister, Paolo Gentiloni, had said that Italy was prepared to intervene with a peacekeeping mission if asked to do so by the UN. ''Neither soldiers nor advanced weaponry that could end up in the wrong hands are needed,'' Awai added, saying that what was necessary was ''logistical and technical support to stabilize the situation on the ground, as well as moral support.'' He noted that Italy, ''which is the most important country in Europe for us, with very strong relations and economic activities, can act as a mediator with other countries.'' (ANSAmed).

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