AU Panel Discusses Libya Peace, Aid Efforts

Posted June 26th, 2011 at 7:40 am (UTC-5)
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The African Union panel on Libya is meeting to discuss peace and humanitarian aid efforts in the war-torn country.

South African President Jacob Zuma is hosting heads of state from Mauritania, Uganda and Mali at Sunday's meeting in Pretoria.

Mr. Zuma's office says the leaders will discuss efforts to secure a cease-fire and to bring about political reforms it says are needed to eliminate the causes of the Libyan conflict.

It says they will also talk about efforts to help people affected by the fighting and to protect foreign nationals, including African migrant workers.

The AU has tried to broker peace between Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and rebels who control much of the country's east. Mr. Zuma met with Mr. Gadhafi in Tripoli last month in a failed attempt to reach a deal.

On Saturday, Libya accused NATO of bombing a restaurant and bakery in the eastern city of Brega and killing 15 civilians.

A NATO spokesman responded, saying the coalition's warplanes hit key command and control centers in the port city, and that NATO had no indication of civilian casualties in connection with the attacks.