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Greece to begin contacts with Libyan rebels

Greece will send officials and humanitarian aid to the Libyan rebel stronghold of Benghazi this week, Foreign Minister Dimtris Droutsas revealed.

He was speaking to reporters after talks on Saturday in Athens with United Nations envoy to Libya Abdul Ilah Khatib, who also met with Prime Minister George Papandreou.

?Greece?s role is to talk and have a dialogue with all sides in this crisis,? said Droutsas after revealing that a delegation of Foreign Ministry officials would be based in the eastern Libyan city to act as a liaison with the rebel forces in the country?s east.

?We cannot find a solution to the Libya crisis only through military means,? said Droutsas. ?A political solution is necessary and for this reason the international community must proceed with even more decisive and coordinated efforts in this direction.?

A Greek vessel with humanitarian aid and a medical team is due to dock in Benghazi this week.