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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Libya: Arab Countries 'Back No-Fly Zone' - 12th Mar 2011

The Arab League is urging the UN to impose a no-fly zone over Libya to protect people from Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's forces, diplomats have said.

The organisation, which represents 22 nations, has also agreed to contact the national council set up by rebels opposed to his regime, it was claimed.

The council, based in their eastern stronghold of Benghazi, had urged the league to recognise it as representing the country instead of Col Gaddafi's government.

And they wanted the organisation to back a no-fly zone over Libya to curb attacks on its fighters.

The league's foreign ministers "have agreed to invite the (UN) Security Council to assume its responsibilities and impose an air-exclusion zone to protect the people of Libya," a diplomat said.

The decision was adopted by nine of the 11 foreign ministers attending the meeting in the Egyptian capital Cairo, with Algeria and Syria voting against, the diplomat added. Read More