NATO and EU to hold unprecedented joint Libya meeting
NATO and the European Union have agreed to their first joint meeting, to discuss the crisis in Libya, diplomatic sources on Friday told German Press Agency dpa.
Turkey, a member of NATO, has previously blocked formal meetings with the EU, of which Cyprus is a member. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has called for the two organizations to cooperate more closely.
Turkey agreed to the meeting, which is to discuss ways of increasing political pressure on Libyan leader Moamer Gaddafi, under the condition that the talks were informal and reached no official decisions.
The decision was made during a NATO foreign ministers' meeting in Berlin, attended also by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.
On Thursday NATO agreed to three conditions which Gaddafi's forces must meet in order for the bloc to end its military campaign on Libya.
Top EU and NATO representatives have met frequently in the past. A total of 21 countries are members of both NATO, which includes 28 countries, and the EU which counts 27.