Arab League urges UNSC to impose no-fly zone on Libya

March 13th, 2011 - 1:37 pm ICT by ANI  

Riyadh, Mar 13 (ANI): The Arab League has urged the United Nations Security Council to impose a no-fly zone on Libya, increasing pressure on Europe and the US to take firm action against the regime of the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

The move by ministers from the 22-nation League was made after emergency talks in Cairo over concerns that Gaddafi’s jets and tanks are regaining power over rebels in the eastern parts of Libya.

Officials said the body had already been in touch with the rebels about the situation on the ground, The Telegraph reports.

Before the meeting, Arab League secretary general Amr Moussa had

Amr Moussa, the secretary general of the Arab League and one of its most influential diplomats, had gave his support for the air exclusion zone, saying it was the only way to protect Libyans from Gaddafi’s “disdainful” regime.

In a statement after a six-hour long meeting, he added: “The Arab League has officially requested the United Nations Security Council to impose a no-fly zone against any military action against the Libyan people.”

“I do not know who will impose this zone, nor how, that remains to be seen. I am talking about a humanitarian action. It consists, with a no-fly zone, of supporting the Libyan people in their fight for freedom against a regime that is more and more disdainful,” he said.

His comments came as the Gaddafi regime declared victory in the battle for the oil port of Ras Lanuf in eastern Libya, where it had fought with artillery, tanks, ships and planes to push out rebels from the area. (ANI)

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