Italy to present plan for Libya crisis: Minister

Italy has said it will present its own plan for Libya at a meeting in London on Tuesday of foreign ministers from the coalition taking military action against the Libyan regime and from regional countries.

Updated: Mar 26, 2011, 21:23 PM IST

Rome: Italy has said it will present its
own plan for Libya at a meeting in London on Tuesday of
foreign ministers from the coalition taking military action
against the Libyan regime and from regional countries.

Sarkozy "has said he has ideas. Since we too have
ideas, we will present our plan of action in London," Foreign
Minister Franco Frattini said in an interview with Quotidiano
Nazionale published today.

Frattini also said that he had received assurances
from the head of the Libyan opposition`s interim national
council Mahmoud Jibril that any future government of Libya
would respect current trade ties with Italy.

"He guaranteed that they will stick to all
international accords with partners who want a united Libya
and they will also respect oil contracts.

"This is reassuring for investors like ENI and
confirms that we`re not at all out of the picture," he said.

Italy`s ENI is the biggest foreign energy producer in
Libya but suspended all oil export operations in the country
as the uprising escalated.

Libya was an Italian colony between 1911 and 1942 and
is Italy`s top trade partner following the signing of a
friendship treaty in 2008 in which Rome promised to compensate
Moamer Gaddafi`s regime for damages from colonial times.

PTI