Libya handed ultimatum to stop attacks 'immediately'

18th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

France, Britain, the United States and Arab countries told Libya's Moamer Kadhafi to "immediately" end attacks against his people or face military intervention based on a UN resolution, a statement issued by the French presidency said Friday.

It said "that a ceasefire must be put in place immediately, that is that all attacks against civilians must come to an end".

It went on to state that "Kadhafi must end his troops' advance on Benghazi and withdraw from Ajdabiya, Misrata and Zawiyah.... That is not negotiable".

It also warned that if Kadhafi does not comply with the UN resolution, he will face "consequences" from the international community and "the resolution will be imposed by military means".

The statement was issued after a meeting attended by President Nicolas Sarkozy, Foreign Minister Alain Juppe, Defence Minister Gerard Longuet and army chief of staff Edouard Guillaud.

© 2011 AFP

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