Libyan crown prince urges no-fly zone, air strikes

By REUTERS
March 9, 2011 16:43

DUBAI - Libya's exiled crown prince asked foreign powers on Wednesday to impose a no-fly zone over Libya and strike Muammar Gaddafi's air defenses, but said the Libyan people would not want international forces on the ground.

Mohammed El Senussi, whose family was overthrown by Gaddafi in a 1969 coup, said a no-fly zone would prevent more bloodshed in the north African country, where rebels are struggling to topple the Libyan leader.

"I am speaking for all Libyans when I ask for a no-fly zone and targeted air strikes on Gaddafi's air defenses, although it would be wrong for (there to be) troops on the ground and the people of Libya do not want it," he said.

"We need less talk and more action. This is not a crisis to be discussed in committees while men, women and children are being slaughtered indiscriminately, and action is needed as soon as possible," he added from his exile in London.


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