Arab League Ministers Meet on Possible Libya 'No-Fly' Zone

Published on Saturday 12th March 2011

Arab League ministers are meeting in Egypt Saturday to discuss a possible "no-fly" zone over Libya to press Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to end his military's deadly airstrikes against rebels. Reuters news agency quotes Oman's foreign minister, Youssef bin Alawi bin Abdullah, as saying there could be "unwanted foreign intervention" in Libya if the League does not take responsibility.The European Union's foreign-policy chief, Catherine Ashton, says she will travel to Cairo to discuss Libya's situation with the Arab League and to review the effectiveness of sanctions on Tripoli.  On Friday, EU leaders meeting in Brussels agreed to recognize Libya's opposition National Council as a legitimate political entity. National Council leader Mustafa Abdel-Jalil voiced support for a "no-fly" zone over Libya in interviews with Western news organizations on Saturday. The African Union says it has formed a delegation to work with Libyan officials on resolving the country's crisis.  The delegation includes leaders from South Africa, Mauritania, Uganda, Mali and the Democratic Republic of Congo.U.S. President Barack Obama said Friday that he has not excluded any options in considering a possible response to Gadhafi's crackdown on domestic opponents. The International Committee of the Red Cross says it is apparent that Libya is now in a state of civil war.  The U.N. says the conflict already has killed more than 1,000 people and forced more than 250,000 people to flee their north African homeland.
Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

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