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Posted on: 04/Apr/2011

 Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou received acting Libyan Foreign Minister Abdulati Al-Obeidi, an emissary of the Gaddafi regime, on Sunday evening in Athens.

Afterwards, Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas said Athens had over the past days a series of contacts regarding developments in Libya.

"The prime minister spoke, amongst others, with the Libyan prime minister and this contact resulted in the dispatch of a special emissary here in Athens, whom we received within the framework that Greece has underlined from the very first: the efforts for a political, diplomatic solution in Libya must continue," Droutsas said in a statement.

"This emissary, as he has informed us, will continue his contacts in Turkey tomorrow (Monday) and then Malta.

"On our part, we underlined, we reiterated the clear message of the international community: full respect and implementation of UN resolutions, an immediate cease-fire, end of violence and hostilities, particularly against civilians in Libya. Judging from the emissary's words, it seems that the (Libyan) regime is also searching for a solution.

"What is necessary is a serious effort for peace and stability in the region. Greece will continue, in this effort, to offer its good services. We are in contact with all our partners and allies; we will brief them on our contacts as well as on Greece's ideas and proposals."

Earlier on Sunday, the Greek premier's office announced the meeting following a request by Libyan prime minister al-Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmudi in a telephone call to Papandreou.

The announcement by Papandreou's office also said that the Greek premier had a series of telephone contacts on the developments in Libya over the preceding 48 hours. He spoke with British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday, while on Saturday he spoke with the prime ministers of Qatar and Libya, as well as with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier Sunday.

In a follow-up, Droutsas was quoted by a local radio station on Monday as noting that is important that the international community and the Libya regime begin a process to find a diplomatic solution to the conflict in the North African country.

He also called the contacts between Papandreou and the Libyan envoy "sincere".

"We in Greece are doing the necessary legwork; we’re recording our thoughts and proposals, which we will share with our partners in order to proceed," the Greek foreign minister said.


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