Nouakchott – UN special envoy for Libya Abdul Ilah al-Khatib said on Thursday greater co-operation was needed with the African Union (AU) to find a political solution to Libya’s armed conflict.
Khatib was in Mauritania for a visit with President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, the head of the AU panel on Libya, where he updated the leader on efforts to find a solution to the six-month-old battle between warring Libyan parties.
“I listened to his vision on the need to find a political solution which will guarantee the legitimate aspirations of the Libyan people, assure the security and unity of the country and limit human and material damage.
“We agreed that there must be greater co-ordination between UN and AU efforts to find a political solution to the Libyan crisis,” al-Khatib said.
A diplomatic source said Mauritanian Foreign Minister Hamady Ould Hamady had recently met allies of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in Tripoli, and leaders of the rebel National Transitional Council in Benghazi.
In an interview with AFP on June 6, the Mauritanian president said Gaddafi could “no longer lead Libya. His departure is a necessity”.
The African Union, which long relied heavily on Libya for funding, had initially been critical of the Western military intervention.