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Arab League backtracks over no fly zone


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Arab League backtracks over no fly zone

At a meeting of the Arab League today, there were mixed reactions to the military action being taken to enforce the UN’s no fly zone established by resolution 1973.

Amr Moussa, the Head of the Arab League expressed reservations: “We requested the Security Council to establish a no fly zone in order to protect the civilians in addition to safe areas for the civilians to sit in without attacks on them. But the military developments that happened today, I really have no reports as yet.”

The comments were a serious diplomatic set-back for the coalition forces engaged in military action in Libya. But there were other reactions.

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Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said: “Gaddafi is contradicting himself. He said he does not have an official position. If he does not have an official position then he should hand Libya over to whoever does have legitimacy.”

He went on to say that he wanted to see an end to the bloodshed and that he had advised Gaddafi to appoint a president as a way out of the crisis.

In other developments, the Russians and the Chinese expressed regret over the military action, but the Japanese expressed approval.

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