April 11, 2011
NATO said on Monday it took note of reports of an African Union proposal for a cease-fire in Libya, but an official said the alliance would target Muammar Gaddafi’s forces as long as they threatened civilians.
South African President Jacob Zuma has urged NATO to stop air strikes on government targets to give a cease-fire “a chance,” after Gaddafi accepted an African Union roadmap for ending the conflict in Libya, including an immediate cease-fire.
“We take note of reports of an African Union cease-fire proposal. Since the start of the Libyan crisis, NATO has been in constant touch with the African Union and other regional and international organisations,” NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said in a statement.
“We have always made it clear that there could be no purely military solution to this crisis. We welcome all contributions to the broad international effort aimed at stopping the violence against the civilian population in Libya,” she said.
This article was posted: Monday, April 11, 2011 at 9:33 am