Outgoing Arab League chief Amr Moussa said on Tuesday that the Libyan crisis will never be resolved with air strikes.
The 22-member body backed NATO intervention but its head now says a peace deal must be agreed.
“Military operations will not solve the Libyan problem. The solution should be a political one and it has to start with a ceasefire over a short transitional period before we can establish a new Libya,” Moussa told euronews in Brussels.
The former Egyptian foreign minister also sounded a warning on Syria. He admitted that there were differences in the Arab world over a solution but “it is united in the fear that the situation could deteriorate, both in terms of the number of victims and the number of refugees fleeing to neighbouring countries”.
Moussa steps down from his post at the end of June. He plans to run in his country’s presidential elections, which are due this autumn.