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NATO questions Tripoli 'cease-fire'

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NATO questions Tripoli 'cease-fire'


NATO has said raids will continue in Libya for as long as Muammar Gaddafi’s forces endanger civilians. NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen made clear the conditions for ending the raids, at a press briefing in the run-up to this week’s foreign ministers’ meeting in Berlin.

Rasmussen said: “Any ceasefire must be credible and verifiable… there must be a complete end to violence and a complete end to all attacks against and abuses of civilians.”

Rasmussen was speaking after reports that Gaddafi’s forces had shelled the city of Misrata, which appeared to cast doubt on African Union claims to have secured an agreement with Tripoli for a cease-fire.

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