Indonesia calls on feuding parties in Libya to cease fire

15:53, March 26, 2011      

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Indonesian government called in parties involved in gun fights in Libya to adopt cease fire option in a bid to avoid more casualties from civilians, Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa said on Friday.

Marty said that the crisis in Libya can only be settled by political process through peace dialogue. "We consider that cease fire has to be announced now and all parties committed in the battle in Libya must respect that,"the minister said in his office here.

The minister said that parties involved in the gun battle in Libya consisted of the forces of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, opposition party's militia and the allied forces that have been bombarding Libya since March 20.

Marty said that Libyan forces must stop their shooting spree that apparently killing their own people. Meanwhile the opposition militia is called to stop using violence by putting down their armaments, as quoted by the"International community must also seek ways in saving civilians in Libya,"the minister added.

Source: Xinhua

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