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By Michael Widlanski
Leveling the battlefield to aid terrorists enables evil to fight on
Topic - Franco Frattini
Italy does not want to renegotiate Europe's Schengen visa-free accords but favors some "technical control" to determine whether they are adapted to current realities, Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said Sunday.
Italy recognized opponents of Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi as the country's only legitimate voice on Monday as the rebels advanced on a war-battered oil town and a Gadhafi envoy pressed other European countries for help in ending the crisis.
A diplomatic push by Moammar Gadhafi's regime ran into trouble Monday as opponents at home and abroad rejected any solution to the Libyan conflict that would involve one of his sons taking power.
Militiamen loyal to Moammar Gadhafi clamped down in Tripoli, but cracks in his regime spread elsewhere across the nation, as the protest-fueled rebellion controlling much of eastern Libya claimed new gains closer to the capital. Two pilots let their warplane crash in the desert, parachuting to safety, rather than bomb an opposition-held city.
U.S. allies around the world have been briefed by American diplomats about an expected release of classified U.S. files by the WikiLeaks website that is likely to cause international embarrassment and could damage some nations' relations with the United States.
"Italy doesn't want to damage the rights of retirees," said Foreign Minister Franco Frattini, a close ally of
Franco Frattini said Thursday up to 300 people representing all of Libya's regions will attend the meeting.