Libya has declared an immediate cease-fire and wishes to open channels of dialogue. World powers will consider Libyan’s cease-fire announcement in an emergency summit in Paris on Saturday.
Representatives of the U.N., Arab League and European Union are among those who have announced plans to attend. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said the 27-nation bloc will be examining the details of the Libyan cease-fire.
Libya’s moves came as NATO envoys in Brussels discussed ways to enforce the U.N. Security Council resolution. Reuters news quotes NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen as saying the alliance is completing plans so that it can take the “appropriate action” on Libya.
Libya’s Foreign Minister urged foreign powers to “check the facts on the ground” by sending fact-finding missions. He added that Gadhafi’s government wanted to open a dialogue with all parties interested in Libya’s territorial unity.