Germany calls for political resolution in Libya

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April 1, 2011, 9:19 a.m. | World — by Associated Press

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle gives a statement at a press conference in Berlin Tuesday March 22, 2011. Germany is calling for the European Union to impose a full oil and gas embargo this week on Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's regime. Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said Tuesday that no one knows how long fighting in Libya will last and it is important to make sure Gadhafi cannot get his hands on fresh money. Germany is not participating in the operation to impose a no-fly zone over Libya and abstained in the U.N. resolution authorizing it.
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BEIJING (AP) — German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle says Libya's crisis cannot be resolved through military means and all sides must get to work on a political resolution. Westerwelle said on a visit to China that a first step must be a cease-fire that is heeded by embattled Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

Speaking before Westerwelle at a April 1 briefing, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi also expressed Chinese support for a diplomatic solution. He says China is worried about reports of continuing clashes and civilian casualties.

Both China and Germany abstained in the U.N. Security Council vote that authorized the establishment of a no-fly zone and demanded that Libyan government forces pull back from population centers.
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