Have a look at the interesting list of participants in that Paris meeting.
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A statement has been issued by the Paris summit on Libya. While we won't reproduce the quite lengthy document in full, here are some highlights:
- It describes the Libyan government as "carr[ying] out a growing brutal crackdown, using weapons of war against his own people and perpetrating against them grave and massive violations of humanitarian law".
- It describes the current situation as "intolerable".
- "Muammar Gaddafi and those executing his orders must immediately end the acts of violence carried out against civilians, to withdraw from all areas they have entered by force, return to their compounds, and allow full humanitarian access. We reiterate that the Security Council took the view that Libyan regime's forces actions may amount to crimes against humanity and that, to this end, it has referred the matter to the International Criminal Court."
- "We are determined to take all necessary action, includingmilitary, consistent with UNSCR 1973, to ensure compliance with all its requirements."
And here's a complete list of attendees at the Paris summit:
French President Nicolas Sarkozy
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero
German Chancellor Angela Merkel
Canadian Prime Minister Steven Harper
Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr al-Thani
Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk
Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi
Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou
Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg
Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme
British Prime Minister David Cameron
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte
Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa
European Council President Herman Van Rompuy
European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton
Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari
UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahayan
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh
Moroccan Foreign Minister Taieb Fassi Fihri
Al Jazeera's James Bays in Benghazi is live on Al Jazeera English now, reporting in the dark as we don't wish to use our large lighting equipment to light up his hotel room on a night when air strikes are feared in Benghazi.
The US Navy has three submarines stationed in the Mediterranean Sea that are preparing for operations against Libya, a US defense official has told Reuters.
The Associated Press earlier reported that while the US did not intend to use fighter jets in the initial stages of the conflict in Libya, they would use sea-based assets to launch Tomahawk cruise missiles at Libyan air defences.
Barack Obama, the US president, is due to make a statement on developments in Libya to reporters in Brasilia, the Brazilian capital, within the hour, the White House says.
The Pentagon is also due to begin a briefing in a few minutes, with Vice Admiral William E Gortney providing an operational update concerning Libya.
Al Jazeera's live blog is at: http://blogs.aljazeera.net/live/afri...ch-19?sort=asc