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    » 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.
    Tripoli (AsiaNews) – Mgr Giovanni Martinelli, apostolic vicar to Tripoli, said he was saddened by the ways the media was covering the war against Gaddafi. Speaking about the Italian press, the prelate denied claims that appeared in some papers that he was hiding the Libyan strongman inside the vicariate. “These people have no respect even for a place of worship like a church,” he said.

    Meanwhile, the Libya Contact Group met for the third time in Abu Dhabi. The foreign ministers of Italy, Great Britain, France as well as US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and representatives of the Arab League discussed ways to fund the rebel-led National Transitional Council as well as what to do after the removal of Gaddafi, who, for the time being, is not planning to accommodate them.

    “I have said several times that a diplomatic approach is needed to end this war,” Mgr Martinelli said, “but no one wants to try” this path. “The various diplomats who have travelled to Tripoli have not solved anything or have not been heeded. The West prefers to hit with weapons.”

    The bishop said that such an approach could prolong the war beyond the three months anticipated by NATO. This will have serious consequences for the population, which continues to suffer from air strikes.

    In recent raids, NATO has dropped 80 bombs and missiles. According to the Libyan press, about 70 people have been wounded, a claim that is impossible to verify.

    “Today the situation is calm but on Monday air strikes were intense,” Mgr Martinelli said. “Bombs were dropped around the city and against Gaddafi’s bunker for 24 hours. They did give us any let-up; it felt like the world was going to collapse.” (S.C.)

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    11/05/2011 LIBYA
    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.

    12/05/2011 LIBYA
    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.

    23/08/2011 LIBYA
    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.

    13/06/2011 LIBYA
    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.

    02/09/2011 LIBYA
    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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