Philippines hopes ceasefire to be start of de-escalation of situation in Libya

16:54, March 19, 2011      

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The Philippine government expressed hope on Saturday that the declaration of unilateral ceasefire by Muammar Gaddafi's government would be the start of the de-escalation of the situation there.

"I hope this (ceasefire declaration) is a good sign of the de- escalation of what's happening there (in Libya)," said Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte, in a radio interview.

She noted that there are still Filipinos who remained in Libya despite the government's encouragement for them to leave the tension-gripped country.

"We hope that the ceasefire could create good developments," Valted added.

Gaddafi declared a truce after the United Nations gave its go signal for air strikes against Libya.

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