France: G8 ministers "not yet convinced" on Libya intervention
French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said Tuesday he had failed so far to achieve agreement among the foreign ministers of the Group of Eight (G8) on military intervention in Libya, dpa reported.
Speaking to France's Europe 1 radio on the second day of the ministerial meeting in Paris Juppe admitted: "For the moment, I have not yet convinced them."
At a dinner Monday Juppe and his counterparts from the United States, Russia, Canada, Britain, Germany, Japan and Italy discussed the conflict in Libya, where leader Moamer Gaddafi's forces have routed rebels from several key towns.
The talks continue for a second and final day Tuesday.
"Gaddafi is scoring points," Juppe said.
Under the current conditions, the international community would probably be unable to stop him retaking the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, according to Juppe.
Where the G8 ministers did agree was to "immediately" resume discussions at the United Nations Security Council on a resolution that would increase pressure on Gaddafi.
"There are several ways of reinforcing the sanctions: declare a maritime embargo, for example; possibly envisage what a no-fly zone would be, even if there is no consensus on it yet."
France and Britain have been pushing for the imposition of a no- fly zone over Libya, but the United States, Russia, Germany and Italy, among others, are reticent.
France also last week mooted possible air strikes against Gaddafi's regime, but failed to secure the backing of its European neighbours for such a move.