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Europe wants a change of regime, a new Libya!

meeting of the 27 Heads of State and Government (credit: Council of the EU, March 24)

(BRUSSELS2, European Council) We had already received several unambiguous calls from several European leaders: Gaddafi must leave, the regime must stop these abuses. The conclusions of the last European Council sign – whatever some say – a unanimous call from the 27 Member States for a change of regime. The words are clear! The Gaddafi regime must cease to exist and be replaced by a “new Libya” (the word is not mine, it appears in the conclusions).

A new, democratic Libya with new institutions

The European Union poses, in fact, four requirements:

  • "Colonel Gaddafi (must) leave power immediately"
  • “Libya (must) quickly engage in a transition towards democracy, led by the Libyans themselves”;
  • “Dialogue (must) be broad-based”;
  • and “guarantee sovereignty? and integrity? territorial territory of Libya.

Europe shows its willingness to help this “new Libya”

  • " on the economic plan "
  • and political: “with a view to setting up new institutions”
  • “in cooperation with the United Nations, the Arab League, the African Union and other actors”

And she is "pre?te a?" encourage this dialogue” (political), “including with the National Transitional Council”. A recognition of the lip service of the CNT.

This position is supported at the international level by the resolutions (1970 and 1973) of the UN Security Council which freeze the assets of Gaddafi and most of his entourage, recommend cutting off his economic resources and ask the International Criminal Court to prosecute them for crimes against humanity.

If it's not a change in diet, I'm dreaming. We must stop being hypocritical. Yes ! Europe and the international community are calling for a change of regime in Libya. And no one will regret (or should regret) the regime of Muammar Gaddafi who has never cared about international principles and values. But it is indeed dangerous for certain somewhat authoritarian regimes who fear being next in line. list…

Download the text of the conclusions

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).