The main topic of today's meeting of foreign ministers of the European Union in Brussels has become the Libyan issue. According to the news agency DPA, Germany and the UK were in favor of a hard line against Tripoli, while Italy has called for a more moderate approach.
The Libyan authorities have warned that more will not stop the flow of immigrants to the EU, if the EU will support the anti-government protests in Libya.
"The EU must not allow itself to blackmail," — said the German Minister for EU Affairs Werner Hoyer on the eve of the meeting.
Italy, which is the main recipient of immigrants from North Africa, a lot of work with Tripoli in order to reduce the flow. Speaking in Brussels, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy Franco Frattini was much more cautious in their criticisms than its northern counterpart.
"We should not create a false impression of our desire to interfere, wants to export our democracy. We need help, we need to support a peaceful settlement," Frattini said. He also warned of the danger of an Islamist takeover in response to reports that the protesters in the city of Bengazi would like to create "Islamic emirate." "Can you imagine the Islamic Emirate at the borders of Europe? That would be a really serious threat," he said.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland Alexander Stubb said the EU sanctions against Gaddafi was justified. "As we can one side look what's happening in Libya, where nearly 300 people were killed, and do not talk about sanctions against Gaddafi, on the other hand impose sanctions against Belarus? "- Ask Finnish Minister.
His British colleague William Hague reported that yesterday was on the phone with his son of Gaddafi, and now in the Foreign office was called Libya's ambassador in London, "to express our absolute condemnation of the use of lethal force against demonstrators." "We should not cooperate with a regime that shoots its own people," said Minister of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg Jean Aselborn.
One European diplomat told DPA, that Italy, Malta and Cyprus have blocked any reference to sanctions in the final document of the meeting, because they were worried about a possible influx of immigrants from Libya.
Even supporters of the hard-line approach recognizes that the EU has a lot of leverage in the situation. "It's not our job — to change the leader of Libya. This pioneering work of Libya — to listen to their people. And listen to this debt does not mean that they can use machine guns," — said the head of the Finnish Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb.