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Libya angry over Arab League's no-fly zone vote

RIA Novosti

23:38 13/03/2011

CAIRO, March 13 (RIA Novosti) - Arab League's decision to impose a no-fly zone over Libya will have negative consequences for Arab nations, Libyan Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

The Arab League voted on Saturday to ask the UN Security Council to impose a no-fly zone over Libya to prevent Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi from carrying out airstrikes against rebels. The vote, at a special meeting in Cairo, was backed by all member states.

Thousands of Libyans have been killed since the first anti-governmental protests broke out on February 15 with people demanding the end of Gaddafi's 42-year rule.

"This decision [to impose the no-fly zone over Libya] was based on the fiction and distortion of facts," Jamahiriya News Agency (JANA) quoted the country's Foreign Ministry as saying.

Libya said the Arab countries should have established a special commission to estimate the situation in the North African state and make the decisions according to the information from the scene of the events.

The European Union and NATO discussed the possible implementation of a no-fly zone over Libya during their meetings in Brussels last week.

Gaddafi has described the no-fly zone proposal as a "colonialist plot" by the West to steal Libyan oil.



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