UN's Ban calls for immediate ceasefire in Libya

UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Wednesday for an immediate cease-fire in Libya, where the troops of leader Muammar Gaddafi are advancing against rebel forces in the east.
A statement read out by UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said Ban was "gravely concerned" about signs of a forthcoming government assault on the eastern city of Benghazi.
Bombarding such a city "would massively place civilian lives at risk," the statement said, adding, "The Secretary-General is urging all parties in this conflict to accept an immediate cease-fire."
The United States, France and Britain on Wednesday urged the UN Security Council to take swift action on a proposed no-fly zone over Libya, as Washington suggested it might have decided to back the plan.