Arab League calls on Libya to stop violence

Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa says the situation in Libya is "tragic" and "we cannot accept it."

March 2, 2011 13:07
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Arab League in Cairo

Arab League Reuters 311. (photo credit: Reuters/ Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

CAIRO - Arab foreign ministers called on the Libyan leadership on Wednesday to take "brave" decisions to stop violence and respect the "legitimate rights" of the people.

Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa said the situation in Libya was "tragic" and "we cannot accept it."

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Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari, presiding over the opening session of the Arab League meeting in Cairo, also said the Libya crisis was an internal Arab affair, stressing that the Arabs did not want any "foreign intervention."

He then called on the ministers to stand in silence in memory of Arabs killed in a wave of pro-reform protests across the region.

"The Arab League, at the level of permanent delegates, on Tuesday introduced a resolution to be submitted to the ministers of foreign affairs during their meeting ... to reject any foreign military intervention in Libya," Ambassador Ahmed Ben Helli, deputy secretary general of the Arab League, said.

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