March 14, 2011 / 1:20 PM / in 7 years

Franch says G8 will seek agreement on Libya action

PARIS (Reuters) - Group of Eight foreign ministers will try to agree in Paris on what action should be taken in Libya, to speed up a U.N. Security Council decision on whether to impose a no-fly zone, France said on Monday.

The current G8 president, France said Libya would be a priority during talks on Monday and Tuesday between U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the foreign ministers of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Russia.

With violence worsening, “no option could be ruled out”, foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero told an electronic press briefing as Muammar Gaddafi’s troops battled rebel fighters for control of the oil town of Brega.

“The conclusions from the March 11 European summit and the Arab League’s March 12 resolution clearly demonstrate the international community’s firm commitment to protecting Libyan civilians,” Valero said.

“This issue will be discussed as a priority at the foreign minister’s meeting with his G8 counterparts with the aim of reaching an agreement that will enable the Security Council, which has received an official request from the Arab League, to move forward as fast as possible.”

The Arab League’s weekend call for a U.N. no-fly zone seemed to satisfy one of three conditions set by NATO for it to police Libyan air space, that of regional support. The other two are proof its help is needed and a U.N. Security Council resolution.

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