Moammar Gadhafi Resignation Demand Coming from EU
Mar 11, 2011, 08:14
Moammar Gadhafi, the embattled leader of Libya, will soon be asked to resign from his post by leaders in the European Union. A draft document prepared by the EU includes language that demands "Colonel Gadhafi must relinquish power immediately."
The statement adds, "The EU stands ready to engage with the Libyan authorities in order to help Libya build a constitutional state and develop the rule of law."
EU leaders are seeking a united front after France's unilateral recognition Thursday of the rebel council in Benghazi gained no support from allies and angered some, the BBC reported.
Britain and France are pushing for a no-fly zone to keep Gadhafi from attacking rebels from the air.
Catherine Ashton, the EU foreign affairs chief, said there was "no rush to move forward" on the proposal without getting a U.N. resolution first.
"The Arab world has to lead," she said.
British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy wrote Thursday that Gadhafi belongs in jail in The Hague for war crimes.
Arriving at the summit, Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker countered, "Europeans would do well if they talk about the measures they want to decide on in the meeting and not the day before."
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