Libyan government emissaries have flown to Brussels to talk to European and NATO officials meeting on Thursday and Friday, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said on Wednesday.
Frattini’s comments, to a parliamentary committee hearing, came after reports that another plane had flown to Cairo carrying a message from Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
“Two aircraft of the Libyan regime appear to have left Libya for Brussels with the intention of enabling emissaries of Gaddafi to meet representatives taking part in the meetings of the EU and NATO tomorrow and the next day,” Frattini said.
He noted that the visits to Cairo and Brussels suggested that the situation was very fluid and he cautioned against taking any action which might be premature.
“I don’t know what will be said in Cairo, I don’t know who will meet whom in Brussels but these movements are a fact that we have to take account of,” he said.
Earlier, a Maltese official said Libyan emissaries had arrived on the Mediterranean island on Wednesday for talks with Maltese officials, and then flown to Portugal.
There was no immediate confirmation from Lisbon but a source in Brussels said the plane was carrying a moderate member of Gaddafi’s government to meet Luis Amado, the Portuguese foreign minister. Reuters