Libya asks Algeria to lead UN initiative to retract sanctions: FM

08:42, March 11, 2011      

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Turmoil-hit Libya has asked Algeria to lead an initiative in the U.N. Security Council to lift its recently-slapped measures on Libya, Algerian Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci told local daily el-Khabar on Thursday.

"My Libyan counterpart (Musa Kusa) delivered a message to me.... He asked Algeria to lead an initiative to the Security Council to retract some of its sanctions recently imposed on Libya," Medelci said.

He said Kusa is very interested on the Arab League's stance against any foreign meddling into Libya, adding this is a non- negotiable Arab-Algerian stance.

The United Nations and European Union have slapped sanctions on Libya, imposing an arms embargo, travel bans and asset freezes on Gaddafi and his family.

It referred Libya's crackdown on anti-government demonstrators to the International Criminal Court, while reports said the U.N. Security Council had discussed a no-fly zone proposal pushed by European heavyweights Britain and France.

Medelci warned against any foreign meddling into Libya, calling on all concerned parties to resort to dialogue. "We must be more caution regarding the intentions of all parties."

Source: Xinhua
 
 
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