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Italy suspends nonagression treaty with Libya

Italy announces its suspension of a treaty with Libya that included a nonaggression treaty

AP, Sunday 27 Feb 2011
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Italy says it has suspended a treaty with Libya that includes a nonaggression clause, amid the turmoil in the North African nation.

The suspension removes a possible obstacle to Rome taking part in any peace-keeping operations in Libya, or allowing the use of its military bases.

Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said Sunday that "de facto suspension of this treaty, even without declaring it, is already a reality." Frattini said that when there is no government infrastructure, as is the case now in Libya, a treaty is suspended.

Rome and Tripoli in 2008 signed the treaty that also included compensation for Italy's colonial rule. A provision states that the parties commit themselves "not to resort to threatening or using violence'.Italy says it has suspended a treaty with Libya that includes a nonaggression clause, amid the turmoil in the North African nation.

The suspension removes a possible obstacle to Rome taking part in any peace-keeping operations in Libya, or allowing the use of its military bases.

Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said Sunday that "de facto suspension of this treaty, even without declaring it, is already a reality." Frattini said that when there is no government infrastructure, as is the case now in Libya, a treaty is suspended.

Rome and Tripoli in 2008 signed the treaty that also included compensation for Italy's colonial rule. A provision states that the parties commit themselves "not to resort to threatening or using violence'.

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