President Jacob Zuma has said that he is “happy” with the outcome of a visit to Libya by the African Union ad hoc High Level Committee on Libya.
On his return to Pretoria, the South African President, said:
“Our visit was a huge success. The Libyan Leader, Muammar Gaddafi, accepted the road map of the African Union which in our view will enable the AU to assist Libya towards lasting peace and democracy. Only an inclusive dialogue among the Libyan parties on the appropriate reforms will ensure a lasting solution in Libya. South Africa, as a member of the panel, is very happy with the outcome of the meeting.”
The AU committee met in Mauritania before travelling to Tripoli on 10th April, where they met with the leader of the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Leader Muammar Gaddafi. On 11th of April committee will proceed to Benghazi to meet with the opposition.
President Zuma had to return to South Africa as he is scheduled to leave for China on 12th April 2011 to attend South Africa’s first meeting as a member of the Brazil-Russia-India-China grouping, known as BRICS following South Africa’s ascension to membership.
The Peace and Security Council of the African Union adopted the following roadmap for the resolution of the situation in Libya on 10 March, which was this weekend reportedly accepted by the Libyan authorities:
The AUPSC expressed its conviction that the current situation in Libya calls for an urgent African action to achieve the following:
- The immediate cessation of all hostilities,
- The cooperation of the competent Libyan authorities to facilitate the timely delivery of humanitarian assistance to the needy populations,
- The protection of foreign nationals, including the African migrants living in Libya
- The adoption and implementation of the political reforms necessary for the elimination of the causes of the current crisis.
According to the African Union, on the specific issue of the cease‐fire, Leader Muammar Gaddafi confirmed his support for the efforts of the ad hoc Committee aimed at ensuring its urgent materialization on the ground, including the deployment of an effective and credible monitoring mechanism. Leader Muammar Gaddafi expressed his full confidence in the AU and in its ability to successfully carry out the peace efforts in his country.