Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

AFRICA NEWS

Kenya : Police arrest 8 over Mombasa rampage

Read more

FOCUS

Overfishing and the global appetite for bluefin tuna: can Tokyo turn the tide?

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Too many graphic images from Gaza ?

Read more

FASHION

Who's next in Paris, an event with international ready-to-wear and fashion accessories collections

Read more

ENCORE!

Tunisia's Carthage International Festival turns 50

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

Muslims and Christians clean up Bangui, and violence spirals out of control in Algeria's Gardaia

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Is there such thing as 'telegenic' victims of war?

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

2014-07-22 07:21 IN THE FRENCH PRESS

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS Executive Director

Read more

  • US, European airlines suspend flights to Tel Aviv over Israel-Gaza conflict

    Read more

  • Video: Lebanon fears fallout from regional turmoil

    Read more

  • Australian veteran Rogers claims 16th stage of Tour de France

    Read more

  • French Jews mourn French-Israeli soldier killed in Gaza

    Read more

  • Colombia's Rodriguez signs '€80m' contract with Real Madrid

    Read more

  • A call for harmony in riot-hit ‘Little Jerusalem’ Paris suburb

    Read more

  • Five children among six killed in minibus crash in central France

    Read more

  • Hollande says French warship delivery will ‘depend on Russia’s attitude’

    Read more

  • Widodo wins Indonesian presidential election

    Read more

  • Ukraine rebels release bodies, black boxes from flight MH17

    Read more

  • Notorious ‘VIP’ prison in Paris closed for renovations

    Read more

  • An ‘explosion of violence’: French press reacts to Gaza protests

    Read more

  • Christians in Iraq's Mosul face execution or exodus

    Read more

  • Scores killed as Libyan militias fight over airport

    Read more

  • Ukraine football players refuse to return home after friendly in France

    Read more

  • China steps up communist education to guard against ‘moral decline’

    Read more

Africa

Arab League condemns Gaddafi crackdown, considers no-fly zone

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-03-02

Arab League chief Amr Moussa (photo) led a chorus of foreign ministers Wednesday in condemning Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s bloody crackdown on protesters and said imposing a no-fly zone over the country was under consideration.

 

AP - Arab foreign ministers on Wednesday condemned Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s bloody crackdown on his own people, and said they would consider imposing a no-fly zone over the country in the turmoil continues.
 
While no final decision has been made on an air embargo, the ministers said in a statement after talks in Cairo that “Arab countries cannot watch with their hands tied in the face of the bloodshed that the Libyan people are facing.” And the fact that Arab nations are publicly discussing the option ups the pressure on Libya’s embattled regime.
 
Gadhafi’s crackdown has already been the harshest in the Arab world to the wave of anti-government protests sweeping across the Middle East. His forces are regrouping in an attempt to regain territories now controlled by opponents of his regime.
 
The Arab ministers said they will coordinate their discussions about a no-fly zone with the African Union and consult “about the best ways to protect and ensure the safety and security of Libyan citizens.” It was not clear when the Arab countries would make a final decision.
 
Some NATO countries, including the U.S. and Britain, are also drawing up contingency plans modeled on the no-fly zones over the Balkans in the 1990s in case the international community decides to impose an air embargo over Libya.
 
The ministers also agreed to postpone an Arab League summit in Iraq originally slated for the end of the month to no later than May 15. Diplomats at the meeting said the delay stemmed from the unrest sweeping across the Middle East, from Tunisia and Egypt to now Yemen, Bahrain and Libya.
 
Diplomats attending Wednesday’s meetings said delegates were debating whether to send a delegation to Libya to meet with Gadhafi in a bid to ensure the safety of the Libyan people and that of Gadhafi’s family. Another option on the table was to send an Arab League fact-finding mission.
 
But one diplomat said there were fears that [such] overtures may lend legitimacy [to] Gadhafi’s actions. The diplomats spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to discuss the closed meeting talks.
 
The ministers also expressed regret for the hundreds of Libyans who have been killed during the protests, and called for an immediate end to “all forms of violence” in the country.
 
“The situation in Libya has to move towards allowing the Libyan people to express their view and freedom and not to be subject to bloody attacks,” Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa told reporters. “We have to save the Libyan people and that is why we are trying to call on Libya and the Libyan authorities to cease immediately those attacks against the Libyan population.”
 
The ministers said they will continue to bar Libya from attending the Arab League meetings until it meets Arab demands to immediately stop all violence and launch dialogue to guarantee the Libyan people’s security and stability. The Libyan delegation had resigned to denounce the excessive use of force against protesters.

 

Date created : 2011-03-02

  • LIBYA

    Gaddafi blames Bin Laden and drug use for unrest

    Read more

  • LIBYA

    Refugees swamp borders in fleeing Libyan unrest

    Read more

  • LIBYA

    Pressure on Gaddafi mounts as EU and US take action

    Read more

COMMENT(S)