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article imageArab League denounces Libya strikes as Qatar pledges to join in

By Joseph E Lovell     Mar 20, 2011 in World
Cairo - Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa has denounced military strikes on Libya and called an emergency meeting to discuss the crisis.
The Arab League joined international calls for a no-fly zone over the country last week.
The League's withdrawal of support for coalition strikes could be a major setback. "Regional consent" was cited by a number of world leaders as a prerequisite for action, and Arab League approval was pivotal in attaining UN Security Council Resolution 1973, which authorises "all necessary measures [barring occupation] to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under threat of attack."
But responding to reports of US, French and UK air strikes and cruise missile attacks, Moussa stated: "What is happening in Libya differs from the aim of imposing a no-fly zone, and what we want is the protection of civilians and not the bombardment of more civilians."
In contrast, Qatar has reaffirmed its support and pledged to participate in military strikes.
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