» 06/09/2011, 00.00
Mgr Martinelli calls for diplomatic steps, says he is not hiding Gaddafi in church
The Libya Contact Group is meeting in Abu Dhabi to discuss the country’s post-Gaddafi future. For the apostolic vicar to Tripoli, the West’s inflexibility vis-à-vis its Libyan counterpart could prolong the war beyond the three months anticipated by NATO.
Bishop of Tripoli: Bombs on civilians, destroying an entire people to take down Gaddafi
At night, the NATO bombing hit civilian buildings. Four children were injured. For Mgr. Martinelli, the UN must bring peace not war. Italy's grave responsibility in the operation of fury against the Libyan population.
Air raids turn Tripoli into ghost town. Bishop: "give these people a rest"
NATO continues to bomb despite the UN's appeal for a ceasefire. At least four missiles fired at the Gaddafi bunker. For Msgr. Martinelli the population is exhausted and afraid to leave home. Gaddafi re-appears in a video after 11 days of silence.
Tripoli bishop still hoping for reconciliation
Mgr Giovanni Martinelli expects strong resistance against the rebels. Dialogue is necessary for peace, even if it should come at the last moment. Boasting of bombing the civilian population for six months is horrible. Hundreds of Filipino women and a priest thought of fleeing by sea but were prevented by the prevailing insecurity and gunfire across the city. Tripoli’s main Catholic church is also closed because of security concerns.
Italy leading more than 30 per cent of military operations in Libya
For Libya expert, historian Angelo Del Boca, the war continues amid widespread disinterest and unwillingness to pursue a diplomatic solution. Since the start of the operation, Italy has spent a billion Euros. NATO and Arab countries are planning the post-Gaddafi phase, but are leaving out the part of the population still loyal to the Tripoli government. The crisis will not be solved just when the strongman is removed.
Gaddafi promises to fight "until the end." In Paris, promises of tolerance and elections
In an audio message the Rais warns that his tribe will never give up, that "the battle will be long and inflame Libya." In Paris, NATO commits to new air strikes to "protect civilians". Mustafa Abdul Jalil promises a new constitution and elections within 18 months. Russia recognizes the National Transitional Council. China calls for UN intervention.
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