Arab League calls on Libya to halt violence

09:21, March 03, 2011      

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The Arab League (AL) on Wednesday called for an end to violence in Libya and considered further steps which included the imposition of a no-fly zone over Libya.

The Arab League Council at the level of foreign ministers convened on Wednesday to discuss the latest regional situation, especially in Libya.

A resolution issued after the meeting said the AL cannot stand aside while the Libyan people suffer bloodshed.

Steps included the imposition of no-fly zone over Libya under the coordination of the AL and the African Union, it added.

The meeting also decided to postpone the Arab summit slated for March 29 to no later than May 15. Iraq is set to host the upcoming summit.

On Feb. 22, the AL suspended Libya's participation in the future meeting of AL and its affiliated bodies after the bloody clashes swept the country since Feb. 16, until Libya authorities respond to people's demands.

The UN Security Council on Feb. 26 unanimously adopted a resolution to impose sanctions on Libya, including an arms embargo against the Libyan authorities and travel ban and asset freeze directed at Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and his key family members.

Source: Xinhua
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