UN Security Council starts meeting on Libya

09:32, February 23, 2011      

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The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday morning began meeting behind closed doors to discuss the current situation in Libya.

The meeting kicked off at around 09:20 a.m. EST (1420 GMT) at the request of the Libyan Permanent Mission to the United Nations.

Germany, a non-permanent council member, called for a formal meeting of the 15-nation Council in order to take "swift and clear" on the Libyan crisis as the UN body started the emergency closed-door meeting, known as consultations, on the current situation in Libya.

Ibrahim Dabbashi, Libya's deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, told reporters on Monday that he no longer takes order from Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and called on the UN Human Rights Council and the International Criminal Court to conduct an investigation into the current situation in the North African country.

Earlier on Monday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon "had an extensive discussion with the Libyan leader and called upon the authorities to engage in broad-based dialogue to address legitimate concerns of the population," said a statement issued here Monday by Ban's spokesman.

Unrest shook Libya in recent days with unconfirmed press reports of mass human casualties.

The secretary-general called for an immediate end to the violence in Libya given the report that the Libyan government used war planes and helicopters against demonstrators, according to the statement.

"The secretary-general is outraged at press reports that the Libyan authorities have been firing at demonstrators from war planes and helicopters," the statement said.

If such attacks against civilians were confirmed, it would constitute a serious violation of international humanitarian law and would be condemned by the secretary-general in the strongest terms, the statement added.

Source: Xinhua

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