Posted by: africanpressorganization | 24 February 2011

Declaration of the President of the European University Institute, Josep Borrell Fontelles, on the situation in Libya

 


 

 

 

Declaration of the President of the European University Institute, Josep Borrell Fontelles, on the situation in Libya

 

 

FLORENCE, Italy, February 24, 2011/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Through the research and teaching at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, special attention is dedicated to the relations between Europe and the Muslim-Arab world, with a particular emphasis on trans-Mediterranean relations, as well as to issues relating to migration.

 

It is for this reason that I am especially concerned by the brutal repression with which Colonel Gaddafi’s dictatorship is responding to the Libyan people’s reform demands. When the death toll reaches the thousands, when a government releases its tanks and helicopters in an indiscriminate slaughter of protestors, we are contributing to a historical ignominy comparable to the events of Budapest and Tiananmen. 

 

I believe it therefore necessary for the EUI to raise its voice in condemnation of this brutal repression. I am gratified by the European Union’s (EU) decision to suspend negotiations on the association agreement with Libya; a country that does not form part of either the Union for the Mediterranean or the Euro-Mediterranean process. I sincerely hope that the EU’s response to the Libyan events acts as a firm support for the Libyan people’s rights, which have been violated by this brutal repression.

 

SOURCE 

European University Institute (EUI)


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