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UN and Arab League talk unity over Libya

UN and Arab League talk unity over Libya
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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon attended a meeting at the headquarters of the Arab League in Cairo. On the agenda were talks on maintaining unity over Libya.

League leader Amr Moussa said yesterday he thought the heavy bombardment had gone beyond its no-fly zone remit.

But during a joint news conference, Moussa said it was the Arab League who asked the UN to implement the no-fly zone in the first place. They respect the UN resolution, he added, and there is no disagreement over this, especially as it stipulates that there should be no ground offensive, but only action to tackle the threat to Libyan civilians in Benghazi and elsewhere.

The support of the Arab world is vital, said Ban, adding;“This decisive measure is a means of protecting the civilian population who have been killed by Colonel Gaddafi.”

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But just after the meeting, the UN leader’s convoy was prevented from visiting Cairo’s now-famous Tahrir Square by an angry crowd of pro-Gaddafi protestors.

Against military intervention, they brandished pictures of the Libyan leader amid chants of “Down with the USA.”