Libya says will not attack Benghazi under ceasefire

March 18, 2011 23:08

TRIPOLI - The presence of Libyan government forces around Benghazi does not violate ceasefire rules and the army has no plans to attack the eastern rebel stronghold, a senior foreign ministry official said on Friday.

"As for the presence of the army in Libyan cities, we consider that important for the security of citizens. It does not violate the ceasefire," Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Kaim told reporters.

"The ceasefire means no military operations, big or small. The other point is that armed forces are now outside Benghazi and have no intention of entering the city."

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