Peru breaks ties with Libya

February 23, 2011 09:14

LIMA, Peru — Peru's government has announced it is suspending diplomatic relations with Libya to protest the violence unleashed by its leader Muammar Gaddafi against his people.

A statement released Tuesday evening by President Alan Garcia's office on its website said Peru would ask the UN Security Council to establish an exclusion zone in Libyan airspace "to prevent the use of that country's warplanes against (its) population."

It quoted Garcia as saying the suspension of relations would not end "until the violence against the people ceases."

Garcia noted that Libya's government "has been led for 40 years by the same person."

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